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Edmond Halley, Astronomer Royal (1656-1746)

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Edmond Halley, Astronomer Royal (1656-1746)

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Overall size of this product is 30 × 40 cm.
The image area of the print measures 22 × 27 cm.

Edmond Halley is one of astronomy's most fascinating and colourful figures. A Londoner born and bred, his genius saw him elected FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society) at 22.

His career spanned celestial cartography, an Oxford Professorship, a daring explorer-captaincy in the Royal Navy, service as a diplomat, and Astronomer Royal. Meteorology, geology, and the ancient, pre-human history of the earth were early subjects of original research for him.

A half-length portrait to the left, showing Halley in a brown velvet coat, white neck-cloth and periwig. Best known for the comet bearing his name, which returned as he predicted in 1758, Edmond Halley worked on a wide range of scientific problems before becoming Astronomer Royal in 1720, at the age of 64.

Artist: Sir Godfrey Kneller

Date: circa 1721


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