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Edmond Halley

Portrait by Richard Phillips, before 1722
Born 8 November [O.S. 29 October] 1656
Haggerston, Middlesex, England
Died 25 January 1742 [O.S. 14 January 1741] (aged 85)
Greenwich, Kent, England
Resting place St. Margaret’s, Lee, South London
Nationality English
Fields Astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, cartography
Institutions University of Oxford
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Alma mater The Queen’s College, Oxford
Spouse Mary Tooke
Children Edmond Halley (d. 1741)
Margaret (d. 1713)
Richelle (d. 1748)

Nearer the gods no mortal may approach.
Scarce any problem will appear more hard and difficult, than that of determining the distance of the Sun from the Earth very near the truth: but even this… will without much labour be effected.
Edmond Halley
This sight... is by far the noblest astronomy affords.