Astronomer Stuart Atkinson from Kendal spoke at the unveiling of the mural dedicated to Cockermouth born astronomer Fearon Fallows. His death at 43 and burial in South Africa is part of the reason his legacy is not better known in Cockermouth, where he was born.
– Astronomer Stuart Atkinson
"Not a lot is known about him because he went to South Africa and died at an early age. This mural is a good tribute to an amazing man who had an amazing life."
A mural commemorating the work of astronomer Fearon Fallows has been unveiled in Cockermouth.
The town's mayor unveiled the mural of Cockermouth's 'forgotten son', who was astronomer to King George IV.
Cockermouth's most famous 'forgotten son' is being officially recognised with a mural dedicated to astronomer Fearon Fallows.
Mr Fallows was born in Cockermouth in 1788 and became astronomer to King George IV.
He was the first person in the world to map the southern skies, where he catalogued more than 300 stars.