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
John Pond Fellow
Stephen Groombridge Fellow
Rev. William Pearson Fellow
Davies Gilbert Fellow
Bt John Frederick William Herschel Fellow
Rev. George Burgess Wildig Fellow
George Dollond Fellow
M-Gen. Thomas Frederick Colby Fellow
Henry Thomas Colebrooke Fellow
Arthur Baily Fellow
Sir (Frederick) William Herschel Fellow
Thomas Jones Fellow
Sir James South Fellow
Charles Babbage Fellow
Joshua King Fellow
Sir Edward Ryan Fellow
Francis Baily Fellow
Daniel Moore Fellow
Gen Sir Robert Lawrence Dundas Fellow
Edward Troughton Fellow
Thomas Leybourn Fellow
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Fellow
Rev. George Peacock Fellow
Duke Alexander Gordon Fellow
William Wallace Fellow
Capt. James Horsburgh Fellow
Rev. Fearon Fallows Fellow
Robert Stevenson Fellow
Benjamin Gompertz Fellow
Rev. Michael Ward Fellow
Baron John Wrottesley Fellow
William Cary Fellow
Olinthus Gilbert Gregory Fellow
Thomas Flower Ellis Fellow
Bryan Donkin Fellow
Rev. James Collett Ebden Fellow
William Allen Fellow
Rev. Henry Parr Hamilton Fellow
R-A. Sir Francis Beaufort Fellow
Thomas Telford Fellow
Rev. Thomas Catton Fellow
Dr John Bostock Fellow
Capt. Basil Hall Fellow
Bishop John Brinkley Fellow
Jean-Baptiste Biot Associate
Rev. Miles Bland Fellow
Rev. John William Whittaker Fellow
Rev. William Whewell Fellow
William Chadwell Mylne Fellow
John Webb Woollgar Fellow
Heinrich Wilhelm Mathias Olbers Associate
Carl Frederick Gauss Associate
R-A Sir John Ross Fellow
Karl Ludwig Harding Associate
Guiseppe Piazzi Associate
Gerard Moll Associate
Johann Elert Bode Associate
Heinrich Christian Schumacher Associate
Louis Hayes Petit Fellow
Count Barnaba Oriani Associate
Earl George Parker Macclesfield Fellow
Earl George Parker (Macclesfield) Fellow
Adm. William Henry Smyth Fellow
Rev. William Farish Fellow
Rev. John Phillips Higman Fellow
Richard Best Fellow
Johann Joseph von Littrow Associate
Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster Fellow
Baron Franz Xaver von Zach Associate
John Fuller Fellow
Rev. Lewis Evans Fellow
V-Adm. William Fitzwilliam Owen Fellow
Adm. Alexis Samuilovich Greig Fellow
John Frederic(k) Trechsel Associate
Marq. Pierre Simon de Laplace Associate
R Adm. William Henry Shirreff Fellow
Jean François Arago Associate
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Associate
Jean Alfred Gautier Associate
Edward Riddle Fellow
Dr James Adey Ogle Fellow
Charles Hutton Fellow
Carlo Brioschi Associate
Sir Rowland Hill Fellow
Rev. Henry Coddington Fellow
William Henry Fox Talbot Fellow
Capt. Sir John Franklin Fellow
Col William Lambton Fellow
Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve Associate
Col. Sir George Everest Fellow
Richard Taylor Fellow
Thomas Donkin Fellow
Sir William Cubitt Fellow
Jean Louis Pons Associate
Johann Franz Encke Associate
John Lee Fellow
Thomas Norris Fellow
Baron Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana Associate
R-Adm. Frederick William Beechey Fellow
Earl William Parsons (Rosse) Fellow