John Herschel


Birthday March 7, 1792

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE May 11, 1871 (79)

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Son of the famed astronomer William Herschel who made many important astronomic observations. He also did work in photography and studied color blindness.

Before Fame

At Cambridge, his fellow classmate Charles Babbage and him promised each other to leave the world wiser than they found it.


He discovered many of the moons of Saturn and Uranus and investigated ultraviolet rays.

Family Life

He married Margaret Brodie Stewart in 1829 and they had 12 children together.

Associated With

He followed in the footsteps of his father, William Herschel, building and expanding on his astronomy works.