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
M-Gen. Thomas Preston BattersbyFellow
Thomas BauchopeFellow
Pierre Joseph Célestin BaumeFellow
Comte Eugène Aymar de la Baume PluvinelFellow
Bernhard Richard BaumgardtFellow
Julius BauschingerAssociate
Don Felipe BauzáAssociate
David BaxandallFellow
Joseph BaxendellFellow
William Morley BaxterFellow
Adm. Henry Wolsey BayfieldFellow
Carlyle Smith BealsFellow
Nathaniel BeardmoreFellow
R-A. Sir Francis BeaufortFellow
William Morris BeaufortFellow
R-Adm Alexander Bridport BecherFellow
Joseph BeckFellow
Carl Ludwig Christian BeckerFellow
Ludwig BeckerFellow
Baron Edmund Beckett (Grimthorpe)Fellow
R-Adm. Frederick William BeecheyFellow
Ernest Agar BeetFellow
John Campbell BeggFellow
Denis Wardlaw BeggsFellow
Adm. Sir Edward BelcherFellow
Alfred Dillon BellFellow
Walter George BellFellow
Ethel Frances Butwell BellamyFellow
Frank Arthur BellamyFellow
Aristarch Apollonievic BelopolskyAssociate
Stanley Philip BengeFellow
Victor Hugo BenioffFellow
Arthur Frederick BennettFellow
Bertram BennettFellow
John Caister BennettFellow
Thomas Lawrence BennettFellow
William Lionel Edgar BennettFellow
Edward Rowell BentonFellow
Arthur BerryFellow
Rev. Edward Lyon BerthonFellow
Rev. Frank BesantFellow
William Henry BesantFellow
Walter Ernest BesleyFellow
Friedrich Wilhelm BesselAssociate
Richard BestFellow
Capt. John BethamFellow
Penry Vaughan BevanFellow
Theralandoor Panchapagesa BhaskaranFellow
Algernon Sidney BicknellFellow
George Parker BidderFellow
Ludwig Franz Benedikt BiermannAssociate
Georges Achille Van BiesbroeckFellow
Col. Archibald Cuthbert Bigg-WitherFellow
Camille Guillaume BigourdanAssociate
John Morton BillingFellow
Jan van der BiltFellow
Jean-Baptiste BiotAssociate
Francis BirchFellow, later Associate
Rev. John Turnbull BirdFellow
William Radcliff BirtFellow
Raphael Louis BischoffsheimFellow
George BishopFellow
Baron Patrick Maynard Stuart BlackettFellow
Kenneth Charles BlackwellFellow
Professor Donald BlackwellFellow
Capt. Francis Price BlackwoodFellow
Mary Adela BlaggFellow
Rev. Miles BlandFellow
Johann Elert BodeAssociate
Palm Henry Lewis Pruss von BoguslawskiAssociate
Henry George BohnFellow
M-Gen. John Theophilus BoileauFellow
Bartholomeus (Bart) Jan BokFellow, later Associate
John Gatenby BoltonFellow
Thomas Simeon Scriven BoltonFellow
George Cox BompasFellow
George Phillips BondAssociate
William Cranch BondAssociate
Rev. John BoneFellow
Bahne BonniksenFellow
Joseph BonomiFellow
Rev. James BoothFellow
James Whatman BosanquetFellow
Robert Holford Macdowall BosanquetFellow
Lewis BossAssociate
Dr John BostockFellow
Cmdr Thomas BotelerFellow
Beriah BotfieldFellow
Henry Lord BoultonFellow
Henry BourgetFellow
Alfred Allinson BourneFellow
Kenneth Frank BowdenFellow
Nathaniel BowditchAssociate
Edward George BowenFellow
Edward Ernest BowenFellow
James Garton BowerFellow
James Scott BowerbankFellow
Eddowes BowmanFellow
William BowyerFellow
Joseph Bevan BraithwaiteFellow