Edmond Halley

Standard Name: Halley, Edmond


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Family and Intimate relationships Deborah Norris Logan
George was grandson of James Logan , a wealthy Philadelphian fur trader, scientist and bibliophile. In England on a visit at the time of an eclipse of the sun on 22 May 1724, James wrote...
Friends, Associates Jane Squire
It is probable that JS was never taken seriously by the public men whom she badgered about her ideas: Admiral Lord Torrington , Sir Thomas Hanmer , Lord Berkeley , Sir John Jennings , Sir Charles Wager
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Tollet
Her father met both Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn , the diarist, through his Navy Board work. He became a close friend of Evelyn, and was a friend too of Edmond Halley , the astronomer.
Londry, Michael, and Elizabeth Tollet. The Poems of Elizabeth Tollet. Oxford University, 2004.
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2 July 1665
Astronomer Johann Helvelius first recorded observations of the stars made at home in Danzig (now Gdansk) in Poland by his wife Elizabeth Helvelius , his assistant and later his collaborator.
4 September 1682
John Flamsteed observed from Greenwich the perihelion of the comet which now bears the name of Edmond Halley .
The name is sometimes spelled Edmund.
5 July 1687
Sir Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica; it was the first work on the movements of the planets to back its statements with detailed mathematical calculations.
8 July 1714
Queen Anne signed the royal consent to the Longitude Act, whereby Parliament offered a reward of up to £20,000 for a foolproof method of calculating longitude at sea.
22 April 1715
A total eclipse of the sun was visible over a swathe of southern England and Wales: Edmond Halley printed and distributed an explanatory handbill.
April 1759
Halley's comet appeared over England, confirming the prediction of Edmond Halley in 1682.
By mid-1835
Halley's comet (named after Edmond Halley , who in 1682 had first accurately foretold its next return in 1759) made its second predicted appearance.