Sir Norman Lockyer KCB FRS
(1836-1920)

Died aged c. 84

Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer, FRS (17 May 1836 – 16 August 1920), known simply as Norman Lockyer, was an English scientist and astronomer. Along with the French scientist Pierre Janssen he is credited with discovering the gas helium. Lockyer also is remembered for being the founder and first editor of the influential journal Nature.

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founder of Nature

Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Christine Matthews on Geograph

Sir Norman Lockyer 1836-1920 astronomer, physicist, and founder of Nature lived here 1876-1920

16 Penywern Road, Kensington and Chelsea, SW5, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Kensington Telescope (1884). The Kensington refracting telescope comprises a 10-inch main viewing tube and a camera fitted with an objective prism. The instrument was used to study star spectra leading Sir Norman Lockyer to propose that stars had a life cycle of change. The telescope marks the start of modern astrophysics research.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, United Kingdom where they worked