William Herschel

Astronomer

1738 – 1822

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Who was William Herschel?

Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS was a German-British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. Born in the Electorate of Hanover, Herschel followed his father into the Military Band of Hanover, before migrating to Great Britain at the age of nineteen. He became famous for his discovery of the planet Uranus, along with two of its major moons, Titania and Oberon, and also discovered two moons of Saturn. In addition, he was the first person to discover the existence of infrared radiation. He is also known for the twenty-four symphonies, and many other musical pieces, that he composed.

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Born
Nov 15, 1738
Hanover
Also known as
  • Sir William Herschel
Siblings
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Profession
Lived in
  • Hanover
  • Old Windsor
  • Observatory House
Died
Aug 25, 1822
Slough
Resting place
Church of St Laurence, Upton-cum-Chalvey

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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