William Michael Herbert Greaves

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William Michael Herbert Greaves
Born (1897-09-10)10 September 1897
Died 24 December 1955(1955-12-24) (aged 58)
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
FREng[2] (2013)
Spouse Caroline Grace[citation needed]
Children George Richard Herbert Greaves[citation needed]

William Michael Herbert Greaves FRS[1] FREng[3] (10 September 1897 – 24 December 1955) was a British astronomer.[4]


He was born in Barbados, West Indies to Dr. E. C. Greaves, a medical doctor trained at the University of Edinburgh. William Greaves was educated first at Lodge School and Codrington College in Barbados then travelled to England to study at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow in 1922.


He is most noted for his work on stellar spectro-photometry.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1921, and from 1924 until 1938 he was the chief assistant at the RAS. In 1938 he became Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and in 1939 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He remained Astronomer Royal until 1955, and was Regius Professor of Astronomy at Edinburgh University for the same period. In 1943 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1] From 1947 until 1949 he was president of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow[5] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[6] In 1926 he married Caroline Grace, and the couple had a son, George Richard Herbert Greaves (1941-2008) who became Reader in Mathematics at Cardiff University.

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