DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Edmond Halley (aged 85)
English astronomer (Hally’s comet)
Edmond (or Edmund) Halley, (29 October 1656 – 14 January 1741) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist.
DEATH: Halley succeeded John Flamsteed in 1720 as Astronomer Royal, a position Halley held until his death. Halley died in 1742 at the age of 85. He was buried in the graveyard of the old church of St Margaret’s, Lee (since rebuilt), at Lee Terrace, Blackheath. He was interred in the same vault as the Astronomer Royal John Pond; the unmarked grave of the Astronomer Royal Nathaniel Bliss is nearby. His original tombstone was transferred by the Admiralty when the original Lee church was demolished and rebuilt – it can be seen today on the southern wall of the Camera Obscura at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. His marked grave can be seen at St Margaret’s Church, Lee Terrace.