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John Couch Adams

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John Couch Adams (1819-1892), Astronomer

Obituary 1892 [1]

...He was born at Lidcot, in Cornwall, in 1819. He was educated first at the village school, and afterwards at Devonport, where he showed a great aptitude for mathematics and astronomy. In October, 1839, he entered at St. John's College, Cambridge, and graduating in 1843 as Senior Wrangler and first Smith's prize man, he was soon after elected to a Fellowship, and became one of the mathematical tutors of his college. He at once devoted his undoubted genius as a mathematician to the solution of a problem that had attracted the attention of astronomers for some time, the irregularities in the motion of the planet Uranus, which was then the outermost known planet in the solar system...More.

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