- the chief astronomer of England, appointed by the British Crown.
- the chief astronomer of Scotland, director of the Royal Edinburgh Observatory.
Origin of Astronomer Royal
First recorded in 1895–1900
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So the Astronomer-Royal thought on reading Leverrier's paper.Pioneers of Science
The first astronomer-royal after Greenwich Observatory was built.Biographical Outlines
He is recommended to apply for information to the Astronomer-Royal.Mr. Punch On Tour
An astronomer-royal, supported by a parliamentary grant, constantly resides and pursues investigations in the Observatory.
I gravely doubt whether the Astronomer-Royal would write the best essay on the relations between astronomy and astrology.Eugenics and Other Evils
G. K. Chesterton
- an honorary title awarded to an eminent British astronomer: until 1972, the Astronomer Royal was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
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