Nearer the gods no mortal may approach. Edmond Halley. …

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
Alma mater The Queen’s College, Oxford
Spouse(s) Mary Tooke
Children Edmond Halley (d. 1741)
Margaret (d. 1713)
Richelle (d. 1748)
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, cartography
Institutions University of Oxford
Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Edmond (or EdmundHalley, FRS (/ˈhæli/;[3][4] 8 November [O.S. 29 October] 1656 – 25 January 1742 . 14 January 1741]) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist. He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain, succeeding John Flamsteed in 1720.

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.

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