James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer, c 1760s.
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James Ferguson, Scottish astronomer, c 1760s.

Cook, Thomas

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Engraving from 1778 by Thomas Cook, showing the self-taught Scottish astronomer James Ferguson (1710-1776). Ferguson drew up Astronomical Rotula for showing the motions of the planets and the positions of the sun and moon. He also built an orrery, and invented a tide-dial. He observed the transit of Venus, and presented the Royal Society with a projection of the partial solar eclipse of 1764. He devised astronomical and mechanical models, and gave public lectures on experimental philosophy and electricity.



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