William Harkness

William Harkness bio

Birth Name: William Harkness

Occupation: Astronomer

Place Of Birth: Scotland

Date Of Birth: December 17, 1837

Date Of Death: February 28, 1903

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: Unknown

Nationality: Not available

William Harkness was born on the 17th of December, 1837. He was best known for being a Astronomer. 19th-century astronomer who designed telescopes and served on the Transit of Venus commission. He also invented the spherometer caliper.

William Harkness was born in Scotland. He studied at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and at the University of Rochester (New York state) before moving to New York City to train as a physician. During the Civil War, he worked as a Union Army surgeon. He published his most important scientific work, The Solar Parallax and its Related Constants, in 1891.

William Harkness was a Sagittarius and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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William Harkness was born in 1830s.

William Harkness is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


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William Harkness’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on William Harkness’s parents.

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Personal Life

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William Harkness was born in the Year of the Rooster.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: William Harkness
BIRTH SIGN: Sagittarius
DEATH DAY: Saturday



Zodiac Sign: William Harkness was a Sagittarius. People of this zodiac sign like freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors and dislike clingy people, constrained, off-the-wall theories. The strengths of this sign are being generous, idealistic, sense of humor, while weaknesses can be to promise more than can deliver, impatient and say anything no matter how undiplomatic. The greatest overall compatibility with Sagittarius is Gemini and Aries.

Chinese Zodiac: William Harkness was born in the Year of the Rabbit. People born under this sign are honest, observant and hardworking. They seldom rely on other people in daily life, which can make them impatient when dealing with others.

Ruling Planet: William Harkness had a ruling planet of Jupiter and has a ruling planet of Jupiter and by astrological associations Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. This planet represents abundance, prosperity and the principle of expansion. People who are born with Jupirer as the ruling planet are optimistic and have a big appetite for life.

William Harkness’s birth sign is Sagittarius and he had a ruling planet of Jupiter.

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