Deaf History: John Goodricke

Sebastian Cunliffe tells the story of a remarkable astronomer

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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  • His story has been recounted in the novel Goodricke's Time by A. C. Theokas. It is a novel but not an alternate history. All the main characters in his life, Pigott, Braidwood, Herschel, Maskelyne and Banks play their part on the page as they did in life.
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  • It makes me happy to see that John Goodricke has the recognition he deserves. Very very interersting and well presented and acted. Thankyou x
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  • It's brilliant movies. My deaf pupils enjoyed watching this. It's useful for their Deaf studies to learn about Famous Deaf People.

    Please keep me update information.

    Many thanks
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