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Herschel, Sir William (1738-1822)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0117 MS 345
Held at: Royal Society
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Full title: Herschel, Sir William (1738-1822)
Date(s): 1800
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent: 12 ff
Name of creator(s): Herschel | Sir | William | 1738-1822 | Knight | astronomer and musician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir William Herschel (1738-1822) was born in Hanover and came to England in 1757, where he taught music in Leeds, Halifax and Bath. He devoted himself to the study of mathematics and astronomy, built his own telescope in c.1773, and with it discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 (which he named 'Georgium Sidus' in honour of George III). He was appointed private astronomer to George III in 1782 and knighted in 1816, and is regarded as the virtual founder of sidereal science.


Scope and content/abstract:

'The Right ascension and Polar distance brought to January 1800 of the 2500 Nebulae and Clusters of Stars', printed in the Philosophical Transactions by Sir William Herschel.

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No publication without written permission. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

See also MS/344. MS/339, MS/272.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Royal Society catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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