John Pringle Nichol
(13 Jan 1804 - 19 Sep 1859)
Scottish astronomer and author whose practical work was accompanied by his eminent activities as a public lecturer and author popularizing astronomy and other science.
Science Quotes by John Pringle Nichol (1 quote)
The entire annals of Observation probably do not elsewhere exhibit so extraordinary a verification of any theoretical conjecture adventured on by the human spirit!
[On the mathematical work by Urbain Le Verrier predicting the planet Neptune.]
— John Pringle Nichol
In The Planet Neptune: An Exposition and History (1848), 90. The verification of the existence of the planet Neptune was made when Johan Galle found a star in an evening observation at the position predicted in the letter he received from Le Verrier earlier that same day.
- - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Nichol's birth. 13 Jan
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