Edmond Halley

Edmond Halley is a prominent English astronomer, mathematician, physicist and meteorologist. Halley became famous for the “Halley’s Comet” observation. He was the second English astronomer next to John Flamsteed.

Halley was born in the Haggerston town in Shoreditch, England. His father, Edmond Halley Sr., came from a wealthy family of soap makers in London. Since childhood, he became very interested with mathematics. In 1763, He entered the prestigious Queen’s College in Oxford to pursue a science and math degree. Halley already published a couple of newspaper articles about the sunspots and solar system during his stay at Queen’s. In 1676, He decided to leave Oxford to visit the Saint Helena Island located around the Atlantic sea. During his stay at the island, Halley studied the appearance of stars from the Southern Hemisphere using a 24-ft. aerial telescope.

In 1678, He returned to England and eventually became an active member of the Royal Society. His colleague, astronomer Johannes Hevelius, was questioned by the Royal Society’s Robert Hooke in making use of the telescope to counteract the arrangement of stars. However, Halley defended Hevelius from Hooke’s criticisms by presenting verifications of Hevelius’ initial observations. During the same year, he wrote a book entitled “Catalogus Stellarum Australium”. The book contains more than 300 Southern Hemisphere stars observations. Halley finished his MA Degree at Oxford and coincided with his election from the Royal Society.

In 1862, Halley married Mary Tooke and lived together with three children in Islington, England. He spent most of his time in conducting in-depth studies on lunar observations. In August 1864, He went to Cambridge to meet and discuss his study on “Kepler’s Planetary Motion Law” with Sir Isaac Newton. The latter convinced Halley to write a book entitled “Prinicipia Mathematica Philosophae Naturalis” in 1687. He made use of his personal money to publish the book worldwide.

Halley became a devoted member of the Royal Society until his death in 1742. His grave is currently situated at the St. Margaret Church along with fellow astronomers Nathaniel Bliss and John Pond. The two astronomers were also from the Royal Society.

Halley’s Comet

  • http://EdmondHalley GABRIEL LEVY

    Edmond Halley was an astonishing astronomer. He inspired me to predict that there will be an EARTHQUAKE on the San Andreas Fault in Pacifica, California on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 6:56:10 PM PDT. Epicenter near Imperial Park. Magnitude 4.2 Richter.——–Depth of shock 4.6 miles. Thank You.

  • http://EdmondHalley GABRIEL LEVY

    HALLEY saw records of comets viewed in 1456, 1531 and 1607. He then observed the path of a comet in 1682 and it was identical to the paths of the other three that were observed. He deduced that all four sightings were of one comet and that it would appear at intervals of about 75 years. He was correct and so this comet was named in his honor as Halley’s comet. I hope that I am just as successful in my prediction as Halley was in his prediction. I predict that there will be an EARTHQUAKE on the San Andreas Fault on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 4:44:18 PM PDT. Epicenter about 3 miles SE of Crestline, California near Route 18. Magnitude 4.1 Richtrer. Thank You for this website on Halley.

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    wtf! what about Edmond halleys mother? you got his father listed but not his mother wow you people are really nice! my name is lyssa what and this was no help at all i have been looking for who his parents were for about three days now and i go to menomnoie middle school and im doing a project about Edmound and ALL YOU CAN GIVE ME IS HIS FATHERS NAME thanks alot people your really nice! i guess i will just fail and not go to high school thanks alot! what is his mom not famous to? or are do you not like his mom. i will go to a different website then!!!! GOODBYE!!!

    ~Lyssa Wait~
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