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John Bird (astronomer)

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John Bird (1709–1776), the mathematical instrument maker, was born at Bishop Auckland. [1]

14 relations: Bishop Auckland, Burning of Parliament, County Durham, Foot (unit), James Bradley, Jonathan Sisson, Mathematical instrument, Nevil Maskelyne, Pound sterling, Quadrant (instrument), Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Thomas Pynchon, William Emerson (mathematician), Yard.

Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland is a market town and civil parish in County Durham in north east England.

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Burning of Parliament

The Palace of Westminster, the medieval royal palace used as the home of the British parliament, was largely destroyed by fire on 16 October 1834.

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County Durham

County Durham (locally) is a county in North East England.

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Foot (unit)

The foot (feet; abbreviation: ft; symbol: ′, the prime symbol) is a unit of length in the imperial and US customary systems of measurement.

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James Bradley

James Bradley FRS (March 1693 – 13 July 1762) was an English astronomer and priest and served as Astronomer Royal from 1742, succeeding Edmond Halley.

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Jonathan Sisson

Jonathan Sisson (1690 – 1747) was a prominent English instrument maker, the inventor of the modern theodolite with a sighting telescope for surveying, and a leading maker of astronomical instruments.

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Mathematical instrument

A mathematical instrument is a tool or device used in the study or practice of mathematics.

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Nevil Maskelyne

The Rev Dr Nevil Maskelyne DD FRS FRSE (6 October 1732 – 9 February 1811) was the fifth British Astronomer Royal.

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Pound sterling

The pound sterling (symbol: £; ISO code: GBP), commonly known as the pound and less commonly referred to as Sterling, is the official currency of the United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and Tristan da Cunha.

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Quadrant (instrument)

A quadrant is an instrument that is used to measure angles up to 90°.

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Royal Observatory, Greenwich

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG; known as the Old Royal Observatory from 1957 to 1998, when the working Royal Greenwich Observatory, RGO, moved from Greenwich to Herstmonceux) is an observatory situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames.

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Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Jr. (born May 8, 1937) is an American novelist.

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William Emerson (mathematician)

William Emerson (14 May 1701 – 20 May 1782) was an English mathematician.

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Yard

The yard (abbreviation: yd) is an English unit of length, in both the British imperial and US customary systems of measurement, that comprises 3 feet or 36 inches.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bird_(astronomer)

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