The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2007 Edition
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Bradley, James

  • Alan W. Hirshfeld
Reference work entry

BornSherbourne, Gloucestershire, England, March 1693

DiedChalford, Gloucestershire, England, 13 July 1762
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Selected References

  1. Anon. (1963). “James Bradley, 1693–1762 – Bicentenary Contributions.” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 4. (Includes a series of papers commemorating the bicentenary of Bradley's death: W. H. McCrea, “James Bradley 1693–1762,” pp. 38–40; W. H. Mcrea, “The Significance of the Discovery of Aberration,” pp. 41–43; D. E. Blackwell, “The Discovery of Stellar Aberration,” pp. 44–46; and Sir Richard Woolley, “James Bradley, Third Astronomer Royal,” pp. 47–52.)Google Scholar
  2. Bradley, James (1728). “A Letter … giving an Account of a new discovered Motion of the Fix'd Stars.” Philosophical Transactions 35: 637–661.Google Scholar
  3. ——— (1748). “A Letter … concerning an apparent Motion observed in some of the fixed Stars.” Philosophical Transactions 45: 1–43.Google Scholar
  4. ——— (1798–1805). Astronomical Observations Made at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich From the Year 1750 to the Year 1762 by the Rev. James Bradley, D. D., Astronomer Royal, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Most of Bradley's Greenwich observations were published posthumously in two volumes, including a positional catalog of stars, edited by Hornsby, under the title.)Google Scholar
  5. ——— (1832). Miscellaneous Works and Correspondence of the Rev. James Bradley, edited by S. P. Rigaud. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Chapman, Allan (1990). Dividing the Circle: The Development of Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy, 1500‐1850. New York: Ellis Horwood.Google Scholar
  7. Clerke, Agnes M. (1902). A Popular History of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century. 4th ed. London: Adam and Charles Black.Google Scholar
  8. Hoskin, Michael (1982). Stellar Astronomy. Chalfont St. Giles, England: Science History Publications.Google Scholar
  9. King, Henry C. (1955). The History of the Telescope, New York: Dover Publications. (Bradley's zenith telescopes are discussed herein; his second instrument is on display at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.)Google Scholar
  10. Stewart, Albert B. (1964). “The Discovery of Stellar Aberration.” Scientific American 210, no. 3: 100–108. (Especially informative.)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Thomson, Thomas (1812). History of the Royal Society. London. (Thomson tells of Bradley's serendipitous sailing cruise during which he worked out the essentials of stellar aberration.)Google Scholar
  12. Turner, Herbert Hall (1963). Astronomical Discovery. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar

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