The New Student's Reference Work/Ball, Sir Robert Stawell
Ball, Sir Robert Stawell, British astronomer, one of the most popular scientific lecturers of the day, and one of the few who can invest abstruse subjects with fascinating interest. He was born at Dublin on July 1st, 1840. He has been successively professor of mathematics in the Royal Irish College of Science, astronomer royal for Ireland and Lowndean professor of astronomy and geometry at Cambridge. His writings include an Atlas of Astronomy, Story of the Heavens, Time and Tide and The Story of the Sun.