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Richard van der Riet Woolley
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Born in Weymouth, Dorset
Born on 24th of April 1906
Died on 24th of December 1986

Born 1906. Died 1986 - English astronomer.

Studied in Cape Town, South Africa and mathematics at Cambridge. During WWII worked on optical design of military instruments. In 1956 in charge of Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux. Supervised completion of Isaac Newton telescope. Knighted in 1971.

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