Admiral William Henry Smyth

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Admiral William Henry Smyth was born in 1788 and established a private observatory in The Crescent. He led the trend of amateur observers discovering the sky.

He was renowned for his book “Cycle of Celestial Objects” an original copy of which is kept in Bedford public library.

He died in 1865, and his telescope is held by the London Science Museum.

William Henry Smyth
William Henry Smyth