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 John Goodricke

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John Goodricke

  • Birth 17 Sep 1764
  • Death 20 Apr 1786 York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
  • Burial Hunsingore, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
  • Plot The Goodricke Vault
  • Memorial ID 37768417

Astronomer. He was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, and became deaf after contracting scarlet fever at age five. He attended Thomas Braidwood's School for the Deaf in Edinburgh and then the Warrington Academy, where he was an excellent student of mathematics and astronomy. After returning to his parents' home in York, England, he made astronomical observations with his neighbor and distant relative, Edward Pigott. The two were the first to measure accurately the brightnesses of stars whose light varies with time. Goodricke reported the first precise measurement of the period of variation of the star Algol, which is now known to be an eclipsing binary star. For this work, he was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society of London in 1783. He was elected to membership in the Royal Society in 1786, less than two weeks before he died at the age of 21. He is buried with his grandparents, parents, brother, and nephew in the churchyard at Hunsingore, North Yorkshire. At present, the only stone marking their burial places says "The Goodricke Vault."

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  • Originally Created by: Linda French
  • Added: 31 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37768417
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Goodricke (17 Sep 1764–20 Apr 1786), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37768417, citing St John the Baptist Churchyard, Hunsingore, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .