From The Century Cyclopedia of Names 1895 Sir George Biddell Airy was born at Alnwick 27th July 1801 and died at Greenwich 2nd January 1892. A noted English astronomer, he was a Professor at Cambridge and Director of the Observatory 1828, Director ofGreenwich Observatory and Astronomer Royal 1836. He resigned his position as Astronomer Royal in 1881
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