Nathaniel Bliss

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Nathaniel Bliss
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Reverend Nathaniel Bliss
Born (1700-11-28)28 November 1700
Bisley, Gloucestershire, England
Died 2 September 1764(1764-09-02) (aged 63)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Resting place St. Margaret's, Lee, South London
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Astronomy, mathematics
Institutions Oxford University

The Reverend Nathaniel Bliss (28 November 1700 – 2 September 1764) was an English astronomer of the 18th century, serving as Britain's fourth Astronomer Royal between 1762 and 1764.

Life[edit]

Bliss was born in the Cotswolds village of Bisley in Gloucestershire and studied at Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated B.A. in 1720 and M.A. in 1723.[1]

Rector of St Ebb's church in Oxford, he succeeded Edmond Halley as professor of geometry at Oxford University in 1742 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society the same year. He succeeded James Bradley to become the fourth Astronomer Royal in 1762, but held the post for too short a period to make a significant impact.[2]

He died in Oxford, but was buried close to Halley in St Margaret's churchyard in Lee in south-east London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clerke 1886.
  2. ^ Maunder, Edward Walter (1900). The Royal observatory, Greenwich: A glance at its history and work. The Religious tract society. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
Attribution

 Clerke, Agnes Mary (1886). "Bliss, Nathaniel". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 220–221. 

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