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On 18 May 1869, at a time when photography was still in its experimental stage, Gill took a picture of the Moon. It can safely be said that it was this achievement - the photograph was an excellent one, even by later standards - which drew attention to the young amateur and started him off on the career which was to bring him international fame, and provide astronomers all over the world with a priceless new research tool.
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Sir David Gill FRS (12 June 1843 - 24 January 1914) was a Scottish astronomer who is known for measuring astronomical distances, for astrophotography, and for geodesy. He spent much of his career in South Africa.
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In 1882 Aberdonian Astronomer Sir David Gill took the first successful photograph of a comet. The Moon's Gill Crater is also named after him.
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Sir David Gill's outstanding career in world astronomy began in the nearby Cromwell tower in 1863 and it is fitting that he and his wife as notable Aberdonians should be buried in St Machar's churchyard. 
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