Gonnessiat, François

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Gonnessiat, François Gender: M
born on 23 May 1856 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Nurieux-Volognat, France, 46n1111, 5e3137
Timezone LMT m5e3137 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 02°42' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°51 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 15°53'

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François Gonnessiat
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French astronomer, observer of comets and discoverer of two minor planets. He worked at the Observatory of Lyon. In 1889 he won the Lalande Prize for astronomy from the French Academy of Sciences, and in 1901 became director of the Quito (Ecuador) Observatory for the purpose of making geodetic measurements. He became a well known and respected member of the academic scene of the city, where a street is named after him. From 1908 to 1931, he was director of the Algiers Observatory where one of his colleagues was Benjamin Jekhovsky. He was also director of the Quito Astronomical Observatory. He died on 18 October 1934 in Algiers, aged 78. The asteroid 1177 Gonnessia was named in his honour.

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Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni's Science database quotes Gauquelin. Born in Mornay, now Nurieux-Volognat.


  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy