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Leverrier

Urbain Jean Joseph . 1811--77, French astronomer: calculated the existence and position of the planet Neptune
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An occasional brilliant researcher like Louis Pasteur, or Urbain Le Verrier in astronomy, were autocrats who made the lives of their staffs miserable.
Independently, the French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier also made predictions of the eighth planet's location.
But I was equally fascinated by the earlier chapters, which told the tale of how Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams predicted the location of an unknown planet by using mathematical calculations.
The planet, Neptune, was discovered by Cambridge student John Couch Adams and French astronomer, Urbain Le Verrier.
At just past midnight local time, Johann Galle, acting on calculations just received from Urbain Le Verrier in Paris, spotted the predicted planet through the Berlin Observatory's 9-inch Fraunhofer refractor, resulting in graduate student Heinrich d'Arrest's exclamation, "That star is not on the map!"