Baily, Francis (1774–1844)
Baily retired in 1825 after a successful career as an eminent London stockbroker to turn his interest in astronomy from spare time to full time. He repeated the experiments of Henry Cavendish to determine the density of the Earth, and measured its elliptical shape. Outraged by inaccuracies in the British Nautical Almanac (tables at sea to determine longitude for navigation), he took on the exacting and tedious work of revising them. At the same time, it was necessary to revise several star catalogs to correct errors.
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