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
Leon Knopoff
Steve RawlingsFellow
C Andrew MurrayFellow
Vera C RubinFellow
Professor Donald BlackwellFellow
Jack Meadows
Alan MoorwoodFellow
Sir Bernard LovellFellow
Peter David MarshallFellow
Allan R. SandageFellow
Peter D. HingleyStaff
Wallace Leslie William SargentFellow
Rev. George Burgess WildigFellow
Sir (Frederick) William HerschelFellow
Thomas JonesFellow
George DollondFellow
M-Gen. Thomas Frederick ColbyFellow
Henry Thomas ColebrookeFellow
Sir James SouthFellow
Sir Edward RyanFellow
Joshua KingFellow
Arthur BailyFellow
Daniel MooreFellow
Thomas LeybournFellow
John PondFellow
Stephen GroombridgeFellow
Edward TroughtonFellow
Rev. William PearsonFellow
Davies GilbertFellow
Charles BabbageFellow
Gen Sir Robert Lawrence DundasFellow
Bt John Frederick William HerschelFellow
Francis BailyFellow
Capt. James HorsburghFellow
William WallaceFellow
Rev. Fearon FallowsFellow
Benjamin GompertzFellow
Robert StevensonFellow
Rev. Michael WardFellow
Baron John WrottesleyFellow
Rev. George PeacockFellow
Duke Alexander GordonFellow
William CaryFellow
Sir Thomas Makdougall BrisbaneFellow
Olinthus Gilbert GregoryFellow
Thomas Flower EllisFellow
Rev. Henry Parr HamiltonFellow
Rev. James Collett EbdenFellow
William AllenFellow
Thomas TelfordFellow
R-A. Sir Francis BeaufortFellow
Rev. Thomas CattonFellow
Bryan DonkinFellow
Dr John BostockFellow
Bishop John BrinkleyFellow
Capt. Basil HallFellow
Jean-Baptiste BiotAssociate
Rev. John William WhittakerFellow
Rev. Miles BlandFellow
Heinrich Wilhelm Mathias OlbersAssociate
Carl Frederick GaussAssociate
R-A Sir John RossFellow
Karl Ludwig HardingAssociate
John Webb WoollgarFellow
William Chadwell MylneFellow
Rev. William WhewellFellow
Johann Elert BodeAssociate
Heinrich Christian SchumacherAssociate
Guiseppe PiazziAssociate
Gerard MollAssociate
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
Baron Franz Xaver von ZachAssociate
John FullerFellow
Thomas Ignatius Maria ForsterFellow
Marq. Pierre Simon de LaplaceAssociate
John Frederic(k) TrechselAssociate
R Adm. William Henry ShirreffFellow
Jean Alfred GautierAssociate
Jean François AragoAssociate
Rev. Lewis EvansFellow
V-Adm. William Fitzwilliam OwenFellow
Adm. Alexis Samuilovich GreigFellow
Friedrich Wilhelm BesselAssociate
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