1788 - 1865 (77 years)
Has 13 ancestors and 87 descendants in this family tree.
||William Henry Smyth |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||21 Jan 1788
||Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
||9 Sep 1865
||This person is also William Henry Smyth at Wikipedia |
||17 Apr 2007 |
||Eliza Anne Warington, b. 3 Apr 1788, Napoli, Campania, Italia , d. 9 Jan 1873, Paddington, London, Middlesex, England (Age 84 years) |
||7 Oct 1815
| ||1. Elizabeth Smyth, b. Jul 1816, Napoli, Campania, Italia |
|+||2. Warington Wilkinson Smyth, b. 26 Aug 1817, Napoli, Campania, Italia , d. 19 Jun 1890 (Age 72 years)|
| ||3. Elizabeth Anne Smyth, b. 1819, Napoli, Campania, Italia , d. 1821 (Age 2 years)|
| ||4. Charles Piazzi Smyth, b. 3 Jan 1819, Napoli, Campania, Italia , d. 21 Feb 1900 (Age 81 years)|
| ||5. Jane Phoebe Smyth, b. 1821, d. 1842 (Age 21 years)|
|+||6. Henrietta Grace Smyth, b. 3 Sep 1824, d. 13 Oct 1914 (Age 90 years)|
| ||7. General Henry Augustus Smyth, b. 25 Nov 1825, St. James's , d. 18 Sep 1906, Stone (Age 80 years)|
| ||8. Josephine B Smyth, b. Nov 1826, d. 1847 (Age ~ 20 years)|
| ||9. Ellen Philedelphia Smyth, b. 17 Mar 1828, d. 1881 (Age 52 years)|
| ||10. Caroline Mary Smyth, b. Feb 1834, d. 25 Sep 1859 (Age ~ 25 years)|
| ||11. Georgiana Rosetta Smyth, b. 19 Feb 1835, Bedford , d. 7 Jan 1923, London, Middlesex, England (Age 87 years)|
||30 Aug 2011 |
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- rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy to retire as an Admiral in 1863. He was a noted hydrographer and astronomer and was Vice President of the Royal Society. According to his great-grandson, his charts of the Mediterranean were still in use in 1961. His Cycle of Celestial Objects remains a classical text in the history of astronomy and was republished in 1986. The Sailor's Word-Book was is still in print (Conway Maritime Press, 1991) and runs some 744 pages of definitions
Smyth joined the Royal Navy and during the Napoleonic wars he served in the Mediterranean, eventually achieving the rank of Admiral. He married Annarella Warrington in 1815. During a hydrographic survey in 1817 he met the Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi in Palermo, Sicily, and visited his observatory; this sparked his interest in astronomy and in 1825 he retired from the Navy to establish a private observatory in Bedford, England, equipped with a 5.9-inch refractor telescope. He used this instrument to observe a variety of deep sky objects over the course of the 1830s, including double stars, star clusters and nebulae. He published his observations in 1844 in the Cycle of Celestial Objects, which earned him the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and also the presidency of the society. The first volume of this work was on general astronomy, but the second volume became known as the Bedford Catalogue and contained Smyth's observations of 1604 double stars and nebulae. It served as a standard reference work for many years afterward; no astronomer had previously made as extensive a catalogue of dim objects such as this.
Having completed his observations, Smyth retired to Cardiff in 1839. His observatory was dismantled and the telescope was sold to Dr. John Lee and re-erected in a new observatory of his own design at Hartwell House. Smyth still had the opportunity to use it since his residence at St. John's Lodge was not far from its new location, and did a large number of additional astronomical observations from 1839 to 1859. The present whereabouts of the telescope are unknown.
Smyth suffered a heart attack in early September, 1865, and at first seemed to recover. On September 8 he showed the planet Jupiter to his young grandson, Arthur Smyth Flower, through a telescope. A few hours later in the early morning of September 9, at age 78, he died. He was buried in the churchyard at Stone near Aylesbury.
A lunar mare was named Mare Smythii in his honour.
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