Rambaut was born in County Waterford, Ireland, the third son of Rev. Edmund F. Rambaut, vicar of Christ Church, Blackrock, County Dublin. He was educated at Arlington House, Portarlington, The Royal School, Armagh and Trinity College, Dublin, where he won a scholarship in Natural Science in 1880. He was a brother of the psychiatrist Daniel Frederick Rambaut.
In 1882 he became assistant to Robert S. Ball in Dunsink Observatory, where he remained for ten years. When Ball moved to Cambridge Rambaut took over as Andrews Professor of Astronomy and Royal Astronomer of Ireland. On the death of E. J. Stone in 1897, Rambaut became Radcliffe Observer in the University of Oxford, and was succeeded by Charles Jasper Joly. He remained at Oxford until his death.
He was awarded the BA (and gold medal) in mathematics in 1881, MA in 1887 and DSc in 1892. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1900 and served twice on the committee of the Royal Astronomical Society.
References and sources
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