Sir George Biddell Airy KCB PRS FRS
(1801-1892)

Died aged c. 91

Sir George Biddell Airy KCB PRS (/ˈɛəri/; 27 July 1801 – 2 January 1892) was an English mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. His many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. His reputation has been tarnished by allegations that, through his inaction, Britain lost the opportunity of priority in the discovery of Neptune.

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Sir George Biddell Airy FRS scientist and Astronomer Royal 1801-1892 born and lived on this site 1801-1805

5 Grosvenor Terrace, Alnwick, United Kingdom where they was

This tablet was erected by the Corporation of Colchester In this house lived Sir George Biddell Airy, late Astronomer Royal. Born 1801 – Died 1892

7/8 George Street, Colchester, United Kingdom where they lived