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)

Name Born Died Elected Membership status
Antoine Thomsond’ Abbadie Fellow
Richard Abbatt Fellow
Cleveland Abbe Fellow
Charles Greeley Abbot Associate
George Ogden Abell Fellow
Antonio Abetti Associate
Giorgio Abetti Associate
Sir William de Wiveleslie Abney Fellow
Robert Morrison Abraham Fellow
Rev. Daniel Ace Fellow
Herbert Francis Acocks Fellow
Harold William Acton Fellow
Henry Bridger Adames Fellow
Alexander John Samuel Adams Fellow
Charles Edward Adams Fellow
Edgar Tarry Adams Fellow
Rev. Edward Aurelius Adams Fellow
Harold John Adams Fellow
John Couch Adams Fellow
Walter Sydney Adams Fellow, later Associate
John Robinson Airey Fellow
Sir George Biddell Airy Fellow
Robert Grant Aitken Associate
Carl Theodor Albrecht Associate
George Eric Deacon Alcock Fellow
Hugh Lancelot Aldis Fellow
William Steadman Aldis Fellow
John William Aldridge Fellow
Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén Associate
Akbar Ali Fellow
John Derby Allcroft Fellow
Ashton Charles Allen Fellow
Clabon Walter Allen Fellow
David Anthony Allen Fellow
William Allen Fellow
Rev. Francis Benjamin Allison Fellow
Thomas Allison Fellow
John Whitehouse Frederick Allnutt Fellow
George (= Jiri) Alter Fellow
Viktor Amazaspovich Ambartsumian Associate
Giovanni Battista Amici Associate
Joseph Supino Ancona Fellow
William Anderson Fellow
Marie Henri Andoyer Associate
Thomas Sanderson Angus Fellow
Charles Anthony Fellow
Jean François Arago Associate
Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander Associate
Angus Armitage Fellow
John Alexander Armstrong Fellow
Rev. John Eyre Ashby Fellow
Ernest Cuthbert Atkinson Fellow
John Jepson Atkinson Fellow
Robert d’Escourt Atkinson Fellow
Rev. Henry Adams Sergison Atwood Fellow
John James Aubertin Fellow
Georg Friedrich Julius Arthur Auwers Associate
Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade Associate
Charles Babbage Fellow
Harold Delos Babcock Fellow, later Associate
Alexander Dallas Bache Associate
Thomas William Backhouse Fellow
Johan Oskar Backlund Associate
Rev. John Mackenzie Bacon Fellow
Arthur Henry Bagnold Fellow
Rev. James Baikie Fellow
Solon Irving Bailey Associate
Edouard Benjamin Baillaud Associate
Lieut. Charles William Baillie Fellow
Arthur Baily Fellow
Francis Baily Fellow
Arthur Henry Baker Fellow
Henry Frederick Baker Fellow
Hendrik Gerard van de Sande Bakhuyzen Associate
Sir Robert Stawell Ball Fellow
Dr Robert Ballard Fellow
Thaddeus Banachiewicz Associate
Manali Kallat Vainu Bappu Fellow, later Associate
John Thomas Barber Fellow
Arthur Kett Barclay Fellow
Joseph Gurney Barclay Fellow
Peter Barlow Fellow
Rev. Henry Glanville Barnacle Fellow
Edward Emerson Barnard Fellow, later Associate
Henry Osmund Barnard Fellow
William Barnett Fellow
Charles Edward Barns Fellow
Manuel Gonçalves Pereira de Barros Fellow
Francis Barrow Fellow
Julius Bartels Associate
Charles Barton Fellow
Clement Osborn Bartrum Fellow
Capt. James Palladio Basevi Fellow
Margaret M. Bassett [née Allen] Staff
Capt. William Thornton Bate Fellow
Sir David Robert Bates Fellow
Rev. J. Chadwick Bates Fellow
M-Gen. Thomas Preston Battersby Fellow
Thomas Bauchope Fellow
Pierre Joseph Célestin Baume Fellow