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
James Kennedy EsdaileFellow
Alfred Henry FisonFellow
Walter GoodacreFellow
Lieut. St Andrew St. JohnFellow
John Robinson AireyFellow
John Jepson AtkinsonFellow
Henry Osmund BarnardFellow
George HuntFellow
Rev. George Burgess WildigFellow
Philip James ChabotFellow
Thomas Hugh CloseFellow
Alfred MorrisFellow
John RiddleFellow
John James AubertinFellow
William Arthur SmithFellow
Benjamin John HopkinsFellow
John Campbell BeggFellow
John JenkinsFellow
William Henry WalmsleyFellow
Thomas Wilson WormellFellow
Rev. Lewis EvansFellow
James PettitFellow
Canon David FlemingFellow
William Bolger GibbsFellow
Sandford GortonFellow
Roberto RossiFellow
Sir Howard GrubbFellow
Edward Williams SnellFellow
Charles BartonFellow
Capt. Pringle StokesFellow
Alfred Dillon BellFellow
John WaltonFellow
M-Gen. Henry Herbert LeeFellow
Capt. George Tyrrell McCawFellow
William Samuel DownesFellow
George PearsonFellow
Cntss Maria Victoria Vicenta de RivasFellow
Samuel Forster GraceFellow
Colin Stanley GumFellow
Margaret M. Bassett [née Allen]Staff
Richard Coward JohnsonFellow
Francis James WardaleFellow
Edward WeldonFellow
John Robinson McCleanFellow
R-Adm. Henry Charles OtterFellow
Sir James SouthFellow
Edwin StoryFellow
George InnesFellow
Ernest TillotsonFellow
Antonio Vela-HerranzFellow
Isaac BrownFellow
Lady Mary Thomazine LockyerFellow
David Carder-DaviesFellow
William WilsonFellow
Sidney Wilcox McCuskeyFellow
Herbert ChatleyFellow
Henry MannFellow
John DrewFellow
Col. Charles RatcliffFellow
Augustus S. HarrisonFellow
William ShackletonFellow
Rev. Francis Benjamin AllisonFellow
John Samuel SlaterFellow
Hyman Solomon SpiglFellow
Elijah HowarthFellow
Pierre Joseph Célestin BaumeFellow
William Harold TingeyFellow
Richard KerrFellow
James CarpenterFellow
James McDowellFellow
Capt. William ChimmoFellow
Lieut. Hastings Fitz-Edward MurphyFellow
Capt. Ernest William OwensFellow
Walter A. PostFellow
John GlaisherFellow
Rev. Frederick HowlettFellow
James Thomas JacksonFellow
Basil Reginald Hamilton Taylour (Taylor)Fellow
Rev. Thomas LaingFellow
John BrowningFellow
Frederick William LongbottomFellow
Col Ernest Elliott MarkwickFellow
Jesse Scoffin NimkeyFellow
Julius PageFellow
Dr Benjamin GodfreyFellow
Herbert George RobinsFellow
William RutherfordFellow
Rev. William HallFellow
William SmalleyFellow
Richard HodgsonFellow
Rev. Frank BesantFellow
William Reynolds VinesFellow
Col William LambtonFellow
William Garrow LettsomFellow
William Grant MacGregorFellow
Cyril YoungFellow
Arthur James MelhuishFellow
James NangleFellow
Herbert Lovis Noel Noel-CoxFellow
Dr Edward Osborne FountainFellow