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George Biddell Airy George Biddell Airy was born on July 27, 1801 in Alnwick, Northumberland, England and died on January 2, 1892 in Greenwich, London, England at age 90.

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At Greenwich he installed a transit telescope for accurately measuring time by the stars. The position of this instrument defines the Greenwich meridian, internationally accepted as the line of zero longitude in 1884.

Airy was made director of the Cambridge University Observatory in 1828 and became the seventh Astronomer Royal in 1835.

He began the distribution of Greenwich time signals by telegraph, and Greenwich Mean Time as measured by Airy's telescope was adopted as legal time in Britain in 1880.

Mughal emperor of North India from 1556, when he succeeded his father. He gradually established his rule throughout the whole of India North of the Deccan.

He is considered the greatest of the Mughal emperors, and the firmness and wisdom of his rule won him the title "Guardian of Mankind"; he was a patron of the arts.

Why is George Biddell Airy famous?

George Biddell Airy was an famous English mathematician and astronomer.

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