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

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...