- William Christie (astronomer)
name = William Christie
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King's College London Trinity College, Cambridge
Sir William Henry Mahoney Christie FRS (
1 October 1845– 22 January 1922) was a British astronomer.
King's College London, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was fourth wrangler in 1868 and was elected a fellow of Trinity in 1869.
Having been Chief Assistant at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich from 1870 to 1881, he was appointed to replace
George Airyas Astronomer Royalin 1881 and remained in office until 1910. The first Astronomer Royalto retire at 65 (all previous incumbents bar Airyand John Pondhad died in office; John Pondhad been forced to resign in 1835 while Airyretired aged 81), Christie died and was buried at sea near Gibraltarin 1922.
* [http://adsabs.harvard.edu//full/seri/MNRAS/0083//0000233.000.html Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 83 (1923) 233]
* [http://adsabs.harvard.edu//full/seri/Obs../0045//0000077.000.html The Observatory 45 (1922) 77]
* [http://adsabs.harvard.edu//full/seri/PASP./0034//0000138.000.html Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 34 (1922) 138]
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