About the Database of Obituaries

This database lists obituaries of Fellows, Associates and Honorary Members of the RAS from the 1820s onwards. The obituaries were published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), Memoirs of the RAS, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (QJRAS) and Astronomy and Geophysics (A&G). Links to obituaries published elsewhere are also provided where possible (for an explanatory list of abbreviated journal titles, see here). This listing of the historical membership of the Royal Astronomical Society was originally compiled by Anthony J. Kinder, and digitised in 2008 by Ian Ridpath.

This resource has made use of the Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

NameBornDiedElectedMembership status
Rev. William PearsonFellow
Arthur BailyFellow
Rev. George Burgess WildigFellow
Stephen GroombridgeFellow
Charles BabbageFellow
Davies GilbertFellow
Sir James SouthFellow
Francis BailyFellow
Gen Sir Robert Lawrence DundasFellow
Sir Edward RyanFellow
Bt John Frederick William HerschelFellow
Edward TroughtonFellow
M-Gen. Thomas Frederick ColbyFellow
Henry Thomas ColebrookeFellow
Joshua KingFellow
Sir (Frederick) William HerschelFellow
Thomas JonesFellow
Daniel MooreFellow
George DollondFellow
Thomas LeybournFellow
John PondFellow
William CaryFellow
Robert StevensonFellow
Duke Alexander GordonFellow
Capt. James HorsburghFellow
Rev. Michael WardFellow
Baron John WrottesleyFellow
Rev. Fearon FallowsFellow
Sir Thomas Makdougall BrisbaneFellow
Benjamin GompertzFellow
William WallaceFellow
Rev. George PeacockFellow
Olinthus Gilbert GregoryFellow
Thomas Flower EllisFellow
William AllenFellow
R-A. Sir Francis BeaufortFellow
Rev. Thomas CattonFellow
Thomas TelfordFellow
Bryan DonkinFellow
Rev. Henry Parr HamiltonFellow
Rev. James Collett EbdenFellow
Bishop John BrinkleyFellow
Capt. Basil HallFellow
Dr John BostockFellow
Rev. Miles BlandFellow
Rev. John William WhittakerFellow
Jean-Baptiste BiotAssociate
William Chadwell MylneFellow
Rev. William WhewellFellow
R-A Sir John RossFellow
Heinrich Wilhelm Mathias OlbersAssociate
John Webb WoollgarFellow
Carl Frederick GaussAssociate
Karl Ludwig HardingAssociate
Guiseppe PiazziAssociate
Gerard MollAssociate
Heinrich Christian SchumacherAssociate
Johann Elert BodeAssociate
Louis Hayes PetitFellow
Count Barnaba OrianiAssociate
Earl George Parker MacclesfieldFellow
Earl George Parker (Macclesfield)Fellow
Rev. William FarishFellow
Adm. William Henry SmythFellow
Rev. John Phillips HigmanFellow
Richard BestFellow
Johann Joseph von LittrowAssociate
John FullerFellow
Thomas Ignatius Maria ForsterFellow
Baron Franz Xaver von ZachAssociate
V-Adm. William Fitzwilliam OwenFellow
Jean François AragoAssociate
John Frederic(k) TrechselAssociate
Jean Alfred GautierAssociate
R Adm. William Henry ShirreffFellow
Rev. Lewis EvansFellow
Friedrich Wilhelm BesselAssociate
Marq. Pierre Simon de LaplaceAssociate
Adm. Alexis Samuilovich GreigFellow
Dr James Adey OgleFellow
Edward RiddleFellow
Charles HuttonFellow
Carlo BrioschiAssociate
Sir Rowland HillFellow
Rev. Henry CoddingtonFellow
William Henry Fox TalbotFellow
Capt. Sir John FranklinFellow
Col William LambtonFellow
Col. Sir George EverestFellow
Friedrich Georg Wilhelm StruveAssociate
Richard TaylorFellow
Thomas DonkinFellow
Jean Louis PonsAssociate
Johann Franz EnckeAssociate
John LeeFellow
Thomas NorrisFellow
Baron Giovanni Antonio Amedeo PlanaAssociate
Sir William CubittFellow
Earl William Parsons (Rosse)Fellow
Earl William Rosse (Parsons)Fellow