Mathematician:Edmund Halley

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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.




  • 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.

Books and Papers

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

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.