Telescope Maker Biography Resources

ATS members and other Internet sources containing biographies about
telescope makers, opticians, and other topic-related individuals.

John Dollond

John Dollond (1706-1761)


John Dollond (1706-1761)
Bio by M. Eugene Rudd

Portrait of John Brashear, photograph, 1920 (

John A. Brashear (1840-1920)

*Portrait of John Brashear, 1920 (

info on his life: bio
book: John A. Brashear; the autobiography of a man who loved the stars

Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800)

Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800)

Jesse Ramsden  By M. Eugene Rudd

Simon Plössl (September 19, 1794, Vienna – January 29, 1868, Vienna)

Georg Simon Plössl (1794-1868)

Bernhard Schmidt

Bernhard Schmidt (1879-1935)