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Sir George Biddell Airy

Sir George Biddell Airy

Lithographic caricature of Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), seventh Astronomer Royal (1835-1881). Airy was the prime architect of the British Imperial campaign for the 1874 and 1882 ToVs. He was one of only five 19th-early 20th century astronomers to be "honoured" by a cartoon in Vanity Fair. Image courtesy of Specula astronomica minima (©Specula astronomica minima).