Flamsteed, John

Flamsteed, John

Flamsteed, John, 1646-1719, English astronomer. He was appointed (1675) astronomer royal by King Charles II and carried on his researches at Greenwich Observatory. Over his protests—he did not consider it ready for publication—the Historia Coelestis, which included the first of the Greenwich star catalogs, was published in 1712. His complete work, Historia Coelestis Britannica, finished after his death by his assistants, did not appear until 1725.

See E. F. McPike, Hevelius, Flamsteed and Halley (1937).

John Flamsteed Community School is a comprehensive secondary, or high school, in the village of Denby, Derbyshire, England named after Sir John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, who was a native of Denby.

The school consists of two main sections - an old section and a newer section, often referred to as the 'old school' and 'new school' by students. The school's "specialist" subjects are maths, computing and science.

560 pupils attend JFCS.

The school has appeared in the top 100 schools for most improved at key stage 3.

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