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Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

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Finlay, William Henry

  • Thomas HockeyAffiliated withDepartment of Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa Email author 

Born Liverpool, England, 17 June 1849

Died Cape Town, South Africa, 7 December 1924

While working as Edward Stone ’s first assistant at the Royal Observatory, Cape Town, William Finlay discovered the great September comet of 1882 (C/1882 R1).

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