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Anderson, Thomas David

Born Edinburgh, Scotland, 6 February 1853

Died Edrom, (Borders), Scotland, 31 March 1932

Although he had been trained for the ministry (M.A. University of Edinburgh), Thomas Anderson's accidental discovery of Nova Aurigae at 5th magnitude on 1 February 1892 (several months past its maximum brightness when it had not been observed by any other astronomer) prompted Anderson to devote the remainder of his life to the study of the night sky with the intention of discovering other new stars. Armed with only a modest telescope and the Bonner Durchmusterung [BD], but possessing unsurpassed diligence, Anderson is credited with the discovery of 50 variable stars but he discovered only