Herschel, William, 1738-1822

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Birth 1738-11-15
Death 1822-08-25

Biographical notes:

One of five Sinfonias à 4 composed in 1761 (no. 4 of the series).--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphonia da camera : in G minor (August 20, 1761) / Herschel ; edited by Douglas Townsend. c1997. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52289237

William Herschel was a British astronomer.

From the description of Papers, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173466057

From the guide to the Sir William Herschel papers, [n.d.], n.d., (American Philosophical Society)

William Herschel was an English astronomer. He discovered Uranus in 1781.

From the description of Letters by Sir William Herschel, 1777-1807. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510286

English astronomer and mathematician.

From the description of Names of correspondents, nd, and account of printed papers together with list of persons to whom Herschel gave presentation copies of his works, 1821. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122354369

Herschel was a German-born British astronomer. He discovered the planet Uranus and was a pioneer, along with his sister Caroline, of the systematic classification and investigation of the heavens.

From the description of Papers, 1780-1822. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 78135409

From the guide to the Sir William Herschel papers, 1780-1822., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Herschel was a German-born British astronomer.

From the guide to the Astronomical papers, 1796-1805., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Herschel was a German-born astronomer working in England.

From the description of Astronomical papers, 1796-1805. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80232535

Brought up as a musician and entered the band of the Hanoverian Guards as an oboist. He technically deserted from his regiment and went to London. Later appointed organist at Helifax and 1766 organist to the Octagon Chapel, Bath. He began to study languages and mathemataics and to construct astronomical instruments. He made his own reflecting telescope 1773-1774. In 1780 he discovered the planet Uranus, which he called 'Georguim Sidus' and received in 1781 the Copley Medal and was elected F. R. S. In 1782 he was appointed Court Astronomer. He erected a huge telescope 40 feet long and in 1789 detected the 6th satellite of Saturn. From 1780-1815 he wrote nerly 70 papers for Philosophical Transactions. In 1816 he was Knighted (Royal Hanoverian Guelphic order).

From the description of Papers, 1780-1818. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82245703

Astronomer, and father of John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), also an astronomer.

From the description of Commonplace book on astronomy, autograph manuscript, 1759. (Linda Hall Library). WorldCat record id: 233636024


From the description of Papers, 1778-1790. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79715495

From the description of Papers, 1773-1821. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80044022

From the description of Papers, ca.1781-1784. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155003714

German-English astronomer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Slough, to J. Baker, Esq., 1789 Apr. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270472384

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