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Nevil Maskelyne


Many remember him mainly because the 5th Astronomer Royal, a job he served from 1765 to 1811. In 1754, he matriculated from St Catharine’s University, Cambridge. In 1775, he acquired the Copley Medal–a extremely exclusive honor. He was created in London, Britain. He and acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf had been both given birth to in London.

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Full Name Nevil Maskelyne
Date Of Birth October 6, 1732
Died February 9, 1811, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth London, England
Profession Royalty
Education University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge, Westminster School, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Nationality English, British
Children Margaret Meskelyn
Parents Edmund Meskelyne
Siblings Margaret Maskelyne
Awards Copley Medal
Star Sign Libra

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1President of The Magic Circle 1906-1924.
2Magician and father and grandfather of fellow magicians John Nevil Maskelyne and Clive Maskelyne.
3Considered by magic historians to be one of the very best British stage magicians who ever performed.



Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Procession1897/XDocumentary short as Nevil Maskelyne



Mr. Maskeleyne Spinning Plates and Basins1896ShortHimself (as Nevil Maskelyne)

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Heroes of Magic2000TV Special documentaryHimself

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