George Biddell Airy

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Awards Won
"For his Papers, On the principle of the construction of the Achromatic Eye-pieces of Telescopes, - On the Spherical Aberration of the Eye-pieces of Telescopes, and for other Papers on Optical Subjects in the Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical So (1831, Copley Medal)
 

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1801-07-27
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Airy's love of order drove him to improve the Greenwich Observatory's instruments and systems, but it also caused him to regard larger-scale scientific and technological innovations too cautiously.
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natural sciences and mathematics
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mathematician
astronomer
Connections from
george biddell airy a pal of william whewell (William Whewell)
george biddell airy work related to carl friedrich gauss (Carl Friedrich Gauss)
george biddell airy opposed work of charles babbage (Charles Finney)
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robert southey visited by george biddell airy (Robert Southey)
adam sedgwick knew george biddell airy (Adam Sedgwick)
samuel hunter christie wrote report with george biddell airy (Samuel Hunter Christie)
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George Airy was the son of a self-educated farmer turned civil servant. (Details)
At the age of 12, young George requested that he be raised instead by his wealthy, well-educated and well-connected uncle Arthur Biddell, and his financially burdened parents did not object. (Details)
Through his uncle's connections, he got into Trinity College and began an impressive student career which concluded with his graduation as the best of his class in 1823. (Details)
 

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Airy disk
Airy function
Isostasy
Short Bio
English mathematician and astronomer.
 

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Date of death
1892-01-02
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President of the Royal Society (1873, 1871, Royal Society, President)
 

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