Halley as an astronomer

  title={Halley as an astronomer},
  author={Harold Spencer Jones},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={175 - 192}
  • H. Spencer Jones
  • Published 1957
  • Physics
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Though Halley was a man of great versatility and with very wide interests, his first main interest was astronomy and it was to astronomy that the last years of his life were principally devoted. This interest in astronomy developed while he was still at St Paul’s School, where we are told he ‘perfectly learned the use of a Celestial Globe and could make a complete dial’. By the age of 16, at about the time that he entered Queen’s College, Oxford, as a commoner, he had decided to devote himself…