Edmond Halley

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Educated at St. Paul’s School, London, and Queen’s College, Oxford, Halley was inspired by Flamsteed’s mapping of the stars visible from Britain, he obtained financial support from his rather and King Charles II to make observations of the Southern Hemisphere and sailed to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, 1676-8. His star catalog was published in 1678 and earned him election to the Royal Society.

With Sir Christopher Wren , Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke he both collaborated and competed to understand planetary motion, eventually assisting Newton in the publication of his Principia (1687) which established the elliptical orbit of planets around the sun and the theory of gravitational attraction which …

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Editors. "Edmond Halley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2004
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