Deaf History: John Goodricke

Sebastian Cunliffe tells the story of a remarkable astronomer

5m 14s

Documentary as part of the Deaf History series. In this episode, reporter Sebastian Cunliffe tells us about Deaf astronomer John Goodricke, who changed how we view the skies in his short life. Having been born in Holland, Goodricke moved to the UK for his education, and settled in York. There he made a close friendship with Edward Pigott, a talented astronomer. He soon made a scientific breakthrough which won him the prestigious Copley medal, and despite dying young, his methods are still used 200 years later.

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