Biography of John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719

On 19 Aug 1646 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 was born in Denby.

In Jul 1662 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (15) read De Sphaera Mundi.

On 12 Sep 1662 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (16) witnessed his first partial Eclipse of the Sun.

In early 1663 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (16) read Horologiographia: The Art of Dialling.

Around Jul 1663 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (16) read Art of Dialling.

In Aug 1665 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (18) wrote his first paper on astronomy, entitled Mathematical Essays, concerning the design, use and construction of an astronomer's quadrant, including tables for the latitude of Derby.

In Sep 1670 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (24) visited Cambridge and entered his name as an undergraduate at Jesus College. While it seems he never took up full residence, he was there for two months in 1674, and had the opportunity to hear Isaac Newton's (27) Lucasian Lectures.

On 02 Feb 1675 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (28) arrived in London. He stayed at the Tower of London with Jonas Moore (57). He was taken by Silius Titus (52) to meet King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 (44).

Around 1642. William Dobson Painter 1611-1646. Portrait of the future King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Before 1691. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Around 1665 John Greenhill Painter 1644-1676. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his Garter Robes. Around 1661 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes. Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman Painter 1603-1671. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. 1675. Hendrick Danckerts Painter 1625-1680. Portrait of Royal Gardener John Rose presenting a pineappel to King Charles II

On 04 Mar 1675 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (28) was appointed The King's Astronomical Observator with an allowance of £100 a year.

On 10 Aug 1675 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (28) laid the foundation stone of the Greenwich Observatory.

In Feb 1676 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (29) was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society.

John Evelyn's Diary 10 September 1676. 10 Sep 1676. Dined with me Mr. Flamsted (30), the learned astrologer [Note. Astronomer] and mathematician, whom his Majesty (46) had established in the new Observatory in Greenwich Park, furnished with the choicest instruments. An honest, sincere man.

John Evelyn's Diary 14 June 1680. 14 Jun 1680. Came to dine with us the Countess of Clarendon, Dr. Lloyd (52), Dean of Bangor (since Bishop of St. Asaph), Dr. Burnet (36), author of the "History of the Reformation", and my old friend, Mr. Henshaw (62). After dinner we all went to see the Observatory, and Mr. Flamsted (33), who showed us divers rare instruments, especially the great quadrant.

Around 1675 Mary Beale aka Cradock Painter 1633-1699. Portrait of Gilbert Burnet Bishop of Salisbury 1643-1715. Before 1687 Pieter Borsseler Painter 1634-1687. Portrait of Gilbert Burnet Bishop of Salisbury 1643-1715.

John Evelyn's Diary 01 August 1683. 01 Aug 1683. Came to see me Mr. Flamsted (36), the famous astronomer, from his Observatory at Greenwich, to draw the meridian from my pendule, etc.

John Evelyn's Diary 02 July 1684. 02 Jul 1684. I went to the Observatory at Greenewich, where Mr. Flamsted (37) tooke his observations of the Eclipse of the Sun, now almost three parts obscured. There had been an excessive hot and dry Spring, and such a drought still continu'd as never was in my memorie.

In Dec 1690 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (44) observed Uranus although he mistook it for a star.

John Evelyn's Diary 30 June 1696. 30 Jun 1696. I went with a select committee of the Commissioners for Greenwich Hospital, and with Sir Christopher Wren (72), where with him I laid the first stone of the intended foundation, precisely at five o'clock in the evening, after we had dined together. Mr. Flamstead (49), the King's (66) Astronomical Professor, observing the punctual time by instruments.

In 1711 Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723. Portrait of Christopher Wren 1632-1723.

On 31 Dec 1719 John Flamsteed Astronomer 1646-1719 (73) died.