12/06/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Astronomer David Gill was born - On this day in history

1cbfaca7-8e5c-4fd8-9d06-00212524b487

Astronomer Sir David Gill was born on 12 June 1843 in Aberdeen. Gill initially worked in his father's clock-making business, where he was able to display his flair for mechanical instruments, but sold the business to join an expedition to Mauritius in 1874. Whilst on board ship, he was able to observe the transit of Venus and it was during this trip, and another to Ascension Island, that he began to pioneer calcluating distances between Earth and the sun and stars.

He was one of the first astronomers to use photography to map the night sky and took the first photo of the Great Comet of 1882.

Read more 'on this day in history'.

Back to "On this day in history" Category

12/06/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Scottish MP Joseph Hume was born - On this day in history

Scottish MP Joseph Hume, who founded the memorial to the Scottish Political Martyrs in Edinburgh, was born on ...


Scottish theologian George Gillespie was born - On this day in history

Church leader George Gillespie was born on 21 January 1613 in Kirkcaldy.


Inventor and engineer James Watt was born - On this day in history

James Watt, inventor of the condensor, which helped make the Industrial Revolution possible, was born on 19 ...


Research on the final resting place of 'The Old Fox' - the DNA results are in

An expert team led by leading forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black has carried out detailed ...


Other Articles

Sir John Pringle died - On this day in Scottish history

Sir John Pringle, President of the Royal Society and physician to King George III, died on 18 January 1782. ...


Three curious facts you (probably) didn't know about St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, was founded in the twelfth century and has ...


The Scotsman - 200 Years of a Scottish newspaper exhibition opens at National Library of Scotland

A special display celebrating two centuries of publication of The Scotsman, and looking at the many historic ...


Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, 23-24 March 2018

Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700 is an interdisciplinary ...