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1732, Oct 61811, Feb 9
he fifth British Astronomer Royal. He held the office from 1765 to 1811. In 1760 the Royal Society appointed Maskelyne as an astronomer on one of their expeditions to observe the 1761 transit of Venus. In 1763 the Board of Longitude sent Maskelyne to Barbados in order to carry out an official trial of three contenders for a Longitude reward.
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