Caroline Lucretia Herschel Biography

Astronomer, Scientist, Singer, Scientist (1750–1848)
Caroline Lucretia Herschel assisted her brother, Sir William Herschel, with scientific research, but became a respected astronomer in her own right. She earned a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.


Caroline Lucretia Herschel was born on March 16, 1750, in Hanover, Germany. She moved to England with her brother, Sir William Herschel, in 1772. She studied singing and they performed together until 1782, when her brother became a court astronomer for George III. She assisted him and conducted her own research, detecting comets and cataloging stars, including those previously omitted from the accepted British Catalogue. The Royal Astronomical Society awarded Herschel a gold medal in 1828, when she was 77 years old. She died in Hanover, Germany, on January 9, 1848.

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