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Friedrich Bessel (921)

Profession
Astronomer
Nationality
German
Born
1784, Minden, Westphalia
Died
1846, Konigsberg, East Prussia
Short Biography
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (German: [ˈbɛsəl]; 22 July 1784 – 17 March 1846) was a German astronomer, mathematician, physicist and geodesist. He was the first astronomer who determined reliable values for the distance from the sun to another star by the ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
Education
  • Self-educated
Appointments & Honors
  • 1810-46, professor of astronomy and director (since 1813) of the , observatory at Konigsberg When the astronomer royal at Greenwich, Maskelyne, dismissed his assistant, Kinnebrook, for alleged gross time errors made in the observation of stellar transits, the event was described in a history of the observatory and published