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Banneker, Benjamin (1731–1806), astronomer and farmer in America, was born on 9 November 1731 in Baltimore county, Maryland, in what later became the community of Oella, the first of four children of Robert (d. 1759), a former slave from Guinea who had been given his freedom, and his mixed-race wife, ...

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Cooper, Edward Joshua (1798–1863), landowner and astronomer, was born in May 1798 at St Stephen's Green, Dublin, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Synge Cooper (d. 1830), a landowner, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Harry Verelst, governor of ...

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Wrottesley, John, second Baron Wrottesley (1798–1867), landowner and astronomer, was born at Wrottesley Hall, Tettenhall, Staffordshire, on 5 August 1798.

His father, John Wrottesley first Baron Wrottesley (1771–1841), politician, born on 25 October 1771, was the eldest son of Major-General Sir John Wrottesley, ...