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.
She took singing lessons at a young age and became the principal singer at her brother's oratorio concerts.
She was awarded a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.
She was born the eighth child to bandmaster Isaac Herschel and Anna Ilse Moritzen.
Adrienne Rich's 1968 poem Planetarium celebrated her life and achievements.