Herschel, Alexander Stewart

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Herschel, Alexander Stewart Gender: M
born on 5 February 1836 at 23:58 (= 11:58 PM )
Place Cape Town, South Africa, 33s55, 18e22
Timezone LMT m18e22 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 16°14' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 24°06 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 01°15'


British astronomer who did pioneering work in meteor spectroscopy. He also worked on identifying comets as the source of meteor showers. The Herschel graph, the smallest non-Hamiltonian polyhedral graph, is named after Herschel due to his pioneering work on Hamilton's Icosian game.

He was the second son and fifth child of Sir John and Lady Margaret Herschel's twelve children.

He died unmarried at Observatory House in Slough on 18 June 1907 at age 71.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Herschel, Caroline (born 16 March 1750). Notes: Great aunt/ nephew
  • other kin relationship with Herschel, William (born 15 November 1738). Notes: Grandkin


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes father's diary as transcribed in Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel, 1834-1838 by David S. Evans, Terence J. Deeming, Betty Hall Evans, Stephen Goldfarb (University of Texas Press, 2014), page 267: "Friday, February 5, 1836 2m before 12 at night Alex'r born."


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of twelve)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Fifth of twelve)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy