Great Astronomers: John Pond

Great Astronomers: John Pond

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John Pond (1767–1836) was appointed as 6th Astronomer Royal in February 1811, succeeding Dr. Nevil Maskelyne. Of a mild and unassuming character, Pond neither sought nor attained a popular reputation. His work was wholly technical, his writings dry and condensed; but his reform of the national observatory at Greenwich, England, was fundamental. He not only procured for it an instrumental outfit of the modern type, but established the modern system of observation.… (more)

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Language: English

Published in: 1896

Word count: 1,460 words (≈ 6 minutes)

Source: Wikisource: Dictionary of National Biography http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Pond,_John_(DNB00)

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