Herschel, William

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Herschel, William Gender: M
Herschel, Friedrich Wilhelm
born on 15 November 1738
Place Hanover, Germany, 52n24, 9e44
Timezone LMT m9e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
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William Herschel


German musician and astronomer who discovered the planet, Uranus. Raised in Germany, he emigrated to Britain in 1757 where he was joined by his sister Caroline in 1772. He worked as an organist at Octagon Chapel in Bath from 1766 with an annual salary of 400 lbs.

William's astronomical work began in earnest in 1772. A musician with no formal scientific training, he built a 1.8-m reflecting telescope in 1774 and in 1781, he discovered Uranus. He attempted to name the body after George III who rewarded him with royal patronage. With a pension from the king, he was able to quit his job of conducting and devote his time to astronomy. William produced and sold huge quantities of fine telescopes.

At this time, Caroline did not share her brother's passion for science. William trained her in mathematics, yet she was still a house maid, not yet his apprentice. In his continued studies, Herschel discovered the nature of nebulae and did pioneering work on the structure of the Universe.

William married and had a son, John, who became a prominent English scientist.

He died on 25 August 1822 in Slough, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Herschel, Amelia (born 21 February 1841). Notes: Grandfather
  • role played of/by Stewart, Patrick (born 13 July 1940). Notes: Voice, 2014 "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"


  • Work : New Job 1766 (Organist at the Octagon Chapel)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1772 (Younger sister, Caroline came to live with him)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1772 (Began astronomical work)
  • Work : Gain social status 13 March 1781 (Discovered Uranus)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 25 August 1822 (Age 83)
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  • Family : Change residence 1957 (Moved to Great Britain)

Source Notes

LMR quotes Encyclopedia Britannica for date; time unknown.

Starkman rectified it to 1.15 LMT.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pro organist)
  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy (Pro)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Discovered the planet Uranus)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession