George Biddell Airy blue plaque in Alnwick

Sir George Biddell Airy FRS scientist and Astronomer Royal 1801-1892 born and lived on this site 1801-1805

Sir George Biddell Airy, KCB, PRS (/ˈɛəri/; 27 July 1801 – 2 January 1892) was an English mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. His many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. His reputation has been tarnished by allegations that, through his inaction, Britain lost the opportunity of priority in the discovery of Neptune.

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