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John Greaves (1602–1652) by Edward Mascall, 1650 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Greaves, John (1602–1652), astronomer and orientalist, was probably born at Alresford, Hampshire, the eldest of the four sons of John Greaves (1579–1616), rector of Colmer, a noted schoolmaster, and his wife, Sara (d. 1640). His three brothers also achieved distinction: Nicholas became a fellow of ...


Ketton, Robert of (fl. 1141–1157), astronomer and translator, is almost certainly identifiable with Robert, archdeacon of Pamplona (fl. 1145–1157): both are attested in Spain in the middle decades of the twelfth century. He often appears in the sources with the toponym Ketenensis...


Williams, John (1797–1874), astronomer and Egyptologist, was born on 19 October 1797 in London, the only son of a partner in a manufacturing firm in the City of London. Educated at Charterhouse, he went into teaching, first starting a small school of his own and then becoming master of the parochial school attached to ...