Authorised form of nameGoodricke; John (1764 - 1786)
Dates1764 - 1786
Place of birthGroningen, Netherlands
Date of birth17 September 1764
Place of deathYork, Yorkshire
Date of death20 April 1786
Dates and placesBurial:
Family vault at Hunsingore, Yorkshire
Research fieldAstronomy
Discovered the period and law of Algol's changes (at age 18)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election06/04/1786
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1783
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Anita McConnell and Alison Brech, 'Nathaniel and Edward Pigott, Itinerant Astronomers' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 305-318
T E Allibone, 'Philately and the Royal Society II' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 107-119
Note on election certificate: Mr Goodricke never was admitted - he died soon after his election.
Royal Society codeNA5677
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/8/28Letter, 'Of Algol and its variations' from John Goodricke to Shepherd12 May 1783
EC/1786/01Goodricke, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/8/127Letter, 'Observations of a new variable star' from John Goodricke to Henry Charles Englefield10 January 1785
L&P/8/69Letter, 'Of the periods of the light of the star Algol' from John Goodricke to Richard Shepherd8 December 1783
L&P/8/157Letter, 'On variation in the light of Bayer's star delta dear the head of Cepheus' from John Goodricke to Nevil Maskelyne28 June 1785
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