Astronomy is probably the oldest of all the sciences. Today, it is about the only science also practiced by amateurs. This site lists biographies and autobiographies of well known astronomers, and some not as well known. The links are suitable for kids to read and use for enjoyment or for schoolwork.

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Adams, John Couch
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] The first to mathematically predict an unknown planet, his calculations were ignored and someone else discovered Neptune.
Bell Burnel, Jocelyn
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] The radio astronomer who discovered what turned out to be neutron stars, also called pulsars.
Halley, Edmond
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Sir Edmond Halley did more than calculate the return of the comet named after him. Learn more about his work with the motion of stars, and his study of Mercury and Venus.
Herschel, Caroline
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] A short biography of the first woman to discover a comet.
Le Verrier, Urbain
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] The French astronomer whose mathematical predictions led to the discovery of Neptune.
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] An astronomer, mathematician and geographer who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. We know very little more of his life. He classified the Greek geocentric view of the universe, and calculated the apparent motions of the planets.
StarChild: Dr. Stephen Hawking
[ Kids/Teens ] Tells about the physicist known for his study of black holes.
Tombaugh, Clyde
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] The discoverer of Pluto started out as an amateur who built his own telescopes.
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