Astronomer royal

the chief astronomer of England, appointed by the British Crown.
the chief astronomer of Scotland, director of the Royal Edinburgh Observatory.
Historical Examples

He was the Astronomer Royal and first head of this observatory.
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II) Augustus De Morgan

As well appoint an Astronomer Royal to command an Atlantic liner.
The Lighter Side of School Life Ian Hay

Already, in November, 1907, the Astronomer Royal was trying to catch it by the aid of photography.
History of Astronomy George Forbes

The true figure and dimensions of the earth, in a letter addressed to the Astronomer Royal.
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) Augustus de Morgan

So that the author, instead of drawing the tooth of the Astronomer Royal’s pegtop, has burnt his own doll’s nose.
A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) Augustus de Morgan

Evidently he considered that his position as Astronomer Royal had the first claim upon him.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder

This view is also confirmed on astronomical grounds by Mr. Lockyer, the Astronomer Royal.
History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom Andrew Dickson White

As Astronomer Royal his great work was the systematic observation of the positions of the moon through an entire saros.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder

Beginning with 1890, five days a month were selected at Greenwich by the Astronomer Royal as conspicuously quiet.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 3 Various

Still, this was not out of proportion to the then salary of the Astronomer Royal, which practically amounted only to £90.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder

an honorary title awarded to an eminent British astronomer: until 1972, the Astronomer Royal was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory

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