George Biddell Airy
George Biddell Airy

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George Biddell Airy 
Son of William Airy of Luddington in Lincolnshire, collector of excise in Northumberland.
Date (from)(Date to)Event
27 July 1801 Born (Alnwick, Northumberland).
18141819Grammar school, Colchester.
1823 Graduated Trinity College, Cambridge as senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman.
1824 Fellow of Trinity College and assistant mathematical tutor.
7 December 1826 Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge.
1828 Member of Astronomical Society.
6 February 1828 Plumian professor of astronomy and director of Cambridge observatory.
1829 Member of Geological Society.
24 March 1830 Married Richarda Smith (died 13 Aug 1875), eldest daughter of Richard Smith, rector of Edensor, near Chatsworth.
1831 Copley medal of the Royal Society.
1833 Gold medal of Astronomical Society for detection of the 'long inequality' of Venus and Earth.
18 June 183515 August 1881Astronomer Royal.
21 January 1836 Fellow of the Royal Society.
1838 Devised system for correction of compasses in iron ships.
17 May 1871 C.B. (Companion of the Bath).
18721873President of the Royal Society.
17 June 1872 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath).
2 January 1892 Died (after a fall).
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