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Proctor, Richard Anthony (1837–1888), astronomer and science writer, was born on 23 March 1837 in Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London, the youngest of two sons and two daughters of William Proctor (d. 1850), a successful solicitor, and his wife, Mary (d. c...

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Richardson, William (b. 1796/7, d. after 1846), astronomer and accused murderer, was born in Pocklington, Yorkshire. With his friend and future brother-in-law William Rogerson of Leeds, he arrived in London without connections, but found temporary employment as a computer at James South's first observatory in ...

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Roberts, Isaac (1829–1904), geologist and astronomer, was born on 27 January 1829 at Groes, near Denbigh, north Wales, the son of William Roberts, a farmer. When he was only six the family moved to Liverpool, where his father became a bookkeeper. He received a Sunday school education from the local Welsh Calvinist Methodist church and retained a knowledge of the Welsh language throughout his life. In 1844 he was apprenticed for seven years to the ...