Robert T. A. Innes, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Robert T. A. Innes

British astronomer

Date of Birth: 10-Nov-1861

Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 13-Mar-1933

Profession: astronomer

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Robert T. A. Innes

  • Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes FRSE FRAS (10 November 1861 – 13 March 1933) was a Scottish astronomer best known for discovering Proxima Centauri in 1915, and numerous binary stars.
  • He was also the first astronomer to have seen the Great January Comet of 1910, on 12 January.
  • He was the founding director of a meteorological observatory in Johannesburg, which was later converted to an astronomical observatory and renamed to Union Observatory.
  • He was the first Union Astronomer.
  • Innes House, designed by Herbert Baker, built as his residence at the observatory, today houses the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.

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