Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet, was born June 2, 1840. Hardy is best known for such novels as The Return of the Native (1878) and Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), works that have little to do with science, but he did publish one novel with an astronomical...

Tiedemann Giese

Tiedemann Giese, a bishop, theologian, and best friend of Nicholas Copernicus, was born on June 1st, 1480, in Danzig (today Gdańsk, Poland). He left behind only a single published work, which the library does not hold on account of its extreme rarity and focus on...

John Russell Hind

John Russell Hind, an English astronomer, was born May 12, 1822.  He worked at the Greenwich Observatory for several years, when he was still a teenager, and then, in 1844, he was offered the position as director of George Bishop’s private observatory in...

Francis Baily

Francis Baily, a British astronomer, was born Apr. 28, 1774. Although, as we shall see, Baily made some important contributions to observational astronomy, he was really at heart a historical astronomer. He wanted to know what the ancient astronomer Ptolemy was really...