Edmond Halley was born on November 8th, 1656 to parents Gracey Halley and Edmond Halley Sr. in Haggerston, Shoreditch, England. Halley’s father was a prominent soap maker in London and brought a great deal of wealth to his family. Halley noted his profound interest in astronomy at a very young age, stating that it gave him “so great a pleasure as is impossible to explain to anyone who has not experienced it” His interest in astronomy was likely a result of growing up during a period of widespread scientific and mathematical advancements known the Scientific Revolution. It was during this period of rapid scientific enlightenment that some of the most renowned scientists emerged, including Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Nicolaus Copernicus. The Scientific Revolution and the thinkers who propelled it undoubtedly fostered Halley’s early passion for the sciences.
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