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Charles Piazzi Smyth

Birthplace: Napoli, Campania, Repubblica Italiana
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Admiral William Henry Smyth and Eliza Anne "Annarella" Smyth
Husband of Jessica Duncan
Brother of Elizabeth Smyth; Sir Warington Wilkinson Smyth; Elizabeth Anne Smyth; Henrietta Grace Powell (Smyth); General Sir Henry Augustus Smyth and 2 others

Occupation: Astronomer Royal for Scotland
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About Charles Piazzi Smyth

Biographical Summary

Smyth, Charles Piazzi. 03/01/1819-21/02/1900. Ref: 1394. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Naples, Italy.
  • Place of interment: Sharow Churchyard, Yorkshire.
  • Profession: Astronomer.
  • Appointments Held: Assistant Astronomer 1835-45, Cape of Good Hope Observatory, South Africa; Professor 1846-88, Astronomy, Edinburgh University and Astronomer Royal for Scotland.
  • Schools and Tutors: Bedford Grammar School.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D (Edinburgh).
  • Marital Status: Married (1855) Jessica Duncan d.1896.
  • Family: No issue.
  • Father: Admiral William Henry Smyth, Hydrographer RN.
  • Other Family: Brother-in-law of Sir William Henry Flower FRSE 1831-99.
  • References: DNB Supplement 3, 1901, 350-1; H.A.Bruck " The Story of Astronomy in Edinburgh", Edinburgh 1983, 21-42; A Boyle, Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 5, 1984.
  • Memberships: FRS (1857, resigned 1874), FRAS (1846), FRSSA (1855, President 1858-60).
  • Date of Election: 07/12/1846.
  • Proposers: SirThomas Makdougall Brisbane, 23/2/1846, (ms Proposal NLS Acc 10,000/46).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1847-8, 1854-6, 1867-70, Secretary (Ordinary Meetings) 1848-54.
  • RSE Prizes and Medals: Keith Prize 1865-7, Makdougall-Brisbane Prize 1878-80.
  • Notes: Pioneered investigations in infra-red astronomy.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 866

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January 3, 1819
Napoli, Campania, Repubblica Italiana
Age 35
February 21, 1900
Age 81
Yorkshire, England