Charles Green (astronomer)


Charles Green (astronomer)

Charles Green (1735 – January 29, 1771) was a British astronomer, noted for his assignment by the Royal Society in 1768 to the expedition sent to the Pacific Ocean in order to observe the transit of Venus and the transit of Mercury[1], aboard James Cook's Endeavour.

A farmer's son, he became assistant to the Astronomer Royal in Greenwich in in 1761, before joining the navy and Cook's expedition.

Aboard the Endeavour, he died of dysentery twelve days after departure from Batavia in 1771, during the crew's voyage back to England.

See also

  • European and American voyages of scientific exploration

References

  1. ^ Wayne Orchiston 1994, James Cook and the 1769 Transit OF Mercury, Carter Observatory ISSN 1173-7263 http://www.transitofvenus.co.nz/docs/CarterObservatoryInfo3.doc

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