Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel

1784 - 1846

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Wilhelm Bessel determined the positions and proper motions of stars. He also used a method of mathematical analysis involving what is now known as the Bessel function.
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List of References (17 books/articles)

A Poster of Wilhelm Bessel

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Bessel and the Royal Astronomical Society

Honours awarded to Wilhelm Bessel
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1823
Fellow of the Royal Society1825
Lunar featuresCrater Bessel


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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
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  1. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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