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
Chester Burleigh WattsFellow
Rev. Samuel Wilkes WaudFellow
Rev. William Robert Maurice WaughFellow
Patrick Arthur WaymanFellow, later Associate
Rev. Thomas William WeareFellow
Robert Rumsey WebbFellow
Rev. Thomas William WebbFellow
Arthur Huish WebberFellow
Thomas WeddleFellow
Francis Richard Wegg-ProsserFellow
Thomas WeirFellow
Edmund WeissAssociate
Maximilian Ritter von WeisseAssociate
Rev. Alfred WeldFellow
Edward WeldonFellow
Capt. George Joseph WeldrickFellow
Jacob WernerFellow
Arthur Robert WesleyFellow
Adriaan Jan WesselinkFellow
Charles James WestlandFellow
Adm. Sir William James Lloyd WhartonFellow
John Anthony Joseph WhelanFellow
Rev. William WhewellFellow
Francis John Welsh WhippleFellow
Ewan Adair WhitakerFellow
Samuel Charles WhitbreadFellow
Raymond E WhiteFellow
Alfred WhiteFellow
Edward Fawcett WhiteFellow
Edward John WhiteFellow
Thomas Reynolds WhiteFellow
Violet Florence WhiteFellow
Edward Turner WhitelowFellow
Charles Thomas WhitmellFellow
Gerald James WhitrowFellow
Sir Edmund Taylor WhittakerFellow
Rev. John William WhittakerFellow
Uco van WijkFellow
John Marsh WilcoxFellow
Charles Heard WildFellow
Rev. George Burgess WildigFellow
Rupert WildtFellow
Rev. Henry John WilkinsFellow
William WillettFellow
Arthur Stanley WilliamsFellow
Arthur Stanley WilliamsFellow
Evan Gwyn WilliamsFellow
George WilliamsFellow
Harry Samuel WilliamsFellow
Lieut. Hugh WilliamsFellow
John WilliamsFellow
William Mattieu WilliamsFellow
Phil J S WilliamsFellow
William WilsonFellow
William WilsonFellow
William Edward WilsonFellow
Fiammetta Wilson [née Worthington]Fellow
Rev. Thomas WiltshireFellow
Friedrich August Theodor WinneckeAssociate
Wieslaw Zygmunt WisniewskiFellow
William Moody WitchellFellow
Józef WitkowskiFellow
Charles Joseph C1728‰tienne WolfAssociate
Maximilian (‘Max’) Franz Joseph Cornelius WolfFellow, later Associate
(Johann) Rudolf WolfAssociate
Cmdr. James WolfeFellow
Alfred WolferAssociate
William Hyde WollastonFellow
Jan, Jr WoltjerFellow
Capt. Hugh Montague WoodFellow
Frank Bradshaw WoodFellow
Harley Weston WoodFellow
Harry Edwin WoodFellow
John WoodrowFellow
Sir Richard van der Riet WoolleyFellow
John Webb WoollgarFellow
Leslie WoolvenFellow
Thomas Wilson WormellFellow
Baron Henry de Worms (Pirbright)Fellow
Hale WorthamFellow
Arthur Mason WorthingtonFellow
Baron Fabian Jacob WredeAssociate
Arthur Williams WrightFellow
Rev. Alfred WrigleyFellow
Baron John WrottesleyFellow
Ernest Henry Charles WunderlichFellow
Earl Edwin Richard Windham Wyndham-Quin(Dunraven)Fellow
Charles Gorrie WynneFellow
James Ernest Grant YaldenFellow
Andrew YeatesFellow
Col. William YollandFellow
Alfred Ernest YoungFellow
Andrew YoungFellow
Anne Sewell YoungFellow
Charles Augustus YoungAssociate
Cyril YoungFellow
James Henry YoungFellow
Jesse YoungFellow
Baron Franz Xaver von ZachAssociate
Herman ZanstraFellow, later Associate