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Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker
he never let the prejudices of his time stand in the way of his advancement

Tycho Brahe
Tycho Brahe
doubter of the Ptolemaic structure of the universe

Annie Jump Cannon
Annie Jump Cannon
once the world's foremost expert in stellar classifications

Giovanni Domenico Cassini
Giovanni Domenico Cassini
mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and astrologer

Anders Celsius
Anders Celsius
developer of a temperature scale

Nicolaus Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus
the first to publicly propose that the Earth moves around the Sun

Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei
Italian physicist and astronomer who "discovered gravity"

Edmund Halley
Edmund Halley
namesake of a very famous comet

Caroline Herschel
Caroline Herschel
the first woman astronomer to earn a salary

Sir William Herschel
Sir Frederick William Herschel
discoverer of Uranus

Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
developer of three laws of planetary motion

Norman Lockyer
Norman Lockyer
the first to describe the existence of helium

Maria Mitchell
Maria Mitchell
the first professional female astronomer in the United States

Ptolemy
Ptolemy
developer of the "Earth-centered universe theory"

David Rittenhouse
David Rittenhouse
builder of one of the first American observatories

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
discoverer of the origins of meteors and of the "canals" on Mars

Clyde William Tombaugh
Clyde William Tombaugh
discoverer of Pluto

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