John Herschel

Astronomer

1792 – 1871

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Who was John Herschel?

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet, KH, FRS was an English mathematician, astronomer, chemist, and experimental photographer/inventor, who in some years also did valuable botanical work. He was the son of Mary Baldwin and astronomer William Herschel and the father of 12 children.

Herschel originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus. He made many contributions to the science of photography, and investigated colour blindness and the chemical power of ultraviolet rays.

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Born
Mar 7, 1792
Slough
Also known as
  • Sir John Frederick William Herschel
  • John Frederick William Herschel
  • John F. W. Herschel
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • England
Profession
Education
  • St John's College, Cambridge
  • Eton College
  • University of Cambridge
Employment
  • Secretary, Royal Society
  • Fellow
    (1813 - )
Died
May 11, 1871
Hawkhurst
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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