Caroline Herschel

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Birthday
16, 1750
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 9, 1848 (97)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
16, 1750
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 9, 1848 (97)

About

German-British astronomer who contributed to the discovery of several comets including the 35P/Herschel-Rigollet comet, which is named after her. She is known as the first woman to be paid for her work in science.

Before Fame

She took singing lessons at a young age and became the principal singer at her brother's oratorio concerts.

Trivia

She was awarded a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.

Family Life

She was born the eighth child to bandmaster Isaac Herschel and Anna Ilse Moritzen.

Associated With

Adrienne Rich's 1968 poem Planetarium celebrated her life and achievements.