# Mathematician:Edmund Halley

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## Mathematician

English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist best known for computing the orbit of Halley's Comet.

He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain, succeeding John Flamsteed.

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: 8 November 1656 in Haggerston, Shoreditch (near London), England
- Died: 14 January 1742 in Greenwich (near London), England

## Theorems and Definitions

Results named for **Edmund Halley** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1685 to 1693: Editor of the
*Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society*, in which he would on occasion publish his own papers

- 1720:
*Universal Arithmetick, Or, A Treatise of Arithmetical Composition and Resolution*(with Isaac Newton) (translation of Isaac Newton's*Arithmetica Universalis*with added material)

## Also known as

Some sources spell his name as **Edmond Halley**.

The pronunciation of his surname can cause confusion. Its correct pronunciation is to rhyme with **valley**, or possibly (doubtfully) to rhyme it with **poorly**.

Pronouncing it **Haley**, as in **Bill Haley**, is a mistake.

## Sources

- 1992: George F. Simmons:
*Calculus Gems*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text {A}.18$: Newton ($\text {1642}$ – $\text {1727}$) - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Halley, Edmond**(1656-1742) - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Halley, Edmond**(1656-1742) - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Halley, Edmond FRS**(1656-1742)