Question: Who was Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel?

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Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel was a Prussian astronomer of prominent ability, born at Minden; professor of Mathematics at Koenigsberg, and director of the Observatory; discovered--what was a great achievement--the parallax of the fixed star 61 Cygne; his greatest work, "Fundamenta Astronomiae," on which he spent 10 years, a marvel, like all he did, of patient toil and painstaking accuracy. Lived from 1784 to 1846.
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