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Thomas Young (1773-1829), physician and scientist established the principle of interference of light and he was also an Egyptologist who helped decipher the Rosetta Stone. In 1802 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
In 1818 he was appointed Secretary of the Board of Longitude. Following the poor reputation that the Almanac (The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris (NA & AE)) had rightly gained, he was appointed as Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac, the first appointment of a Superintendent. In 1828, when the Board was abolished, the Almanac came directly under the Board of the Admiralty, and Young continued as Superintendent and scientific adviser to the Admiralty.
On the death of Young the superintendence of the Almanac returned to Pond who was still Astronomer Royal.