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