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There were many astronomers that we could choose from and I choseJoseph Locker I selected him because I wanted to learn more about him Inthis research I have learned many things about this person He was born onMay 17 1836 in Rugy Warwickshire England He was mostly known as NormanLockyer Lockyer was an English scientist and an astronomer In 1857 heworked at the War Office While he was there he studied astronomy and heerected an observatory at his home in Hampstead He would only do this inhis spare time according to Chris Plicht His first observation was MarsIn 1863 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society In 1895 Lockyer discovered helium which was one of the most importantdiscoveries that he had ever made He started by investigating sunspots andsolar prominences discoveries with Pierre Janssen He was able tosuccessfully identify the spectral line then to be an unknown elementobserved by Janssen in the year 1868 and proposed to name it helium fromthe Greek word helios meaning Sun Planet facts This discovery wassupported and confirmed by William Ramsay in 1895 This happened whensuccessfully isolated the gases in the atmosphere He was knighted for hisdiscovery in 1897 In 1869 Lockyer established the science journal Nature to helpfacilitate the sharing and circulation of ideas between differentscientific disciplines According to Chris Plicht this Journal with thisname is still in print He remained being the editor until shortly afterhis death He aimed to establish the fact that many ancient monuments wereastronomically aligned Planet Facts He was so passionate about hisworks that he would travel around the world to make more discoveries abouthis profession He was led to several solar eclipse expeditions Twoexpeditions that Planet Facts mentions are the Sicily and India According to Planet Facts Lockyer retired in 1911 but according toChris Plicht he retired in 1902 So yeah I really dont know
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