'William Gascoigne (1612 - 1644)- Leeds Astronomer'

5 December, 2019, All Day

Book release – ‘William Gascoigne – Leeds Astronomer’

David Sellers

William Gascoigne (1612-44) of Middleton, Leeds, was the inventor of the telescopic sight and micrometer – instruments which became essential for the development of astronomy. Yet after his death, aged only 32, at the Battle of Marston Moor in the English Civil Wars most of his papers were lost and his vital contribution seemed destined to be forgotten.


The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society are delighted to publish this new book by David Sellers in which he tells the story of this unsung local scientific hero – and how his groundbreaking invention was all thanks to a stray spider….