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William Herschel

1785 portrait by Lemuel Francis Abbott
Born Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel
(1738-11-15)15 November 1738
Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire
Died 25 August 1822(1822-08-25) (aged 83)
Slough, England, UK
Resting place St Laurence’s Church, Slough
Residence Observatory House
Nationality Hanoverian; later British
Fields Astronomy and music
Known for

Discovery of Uranus
Discovery of infrared radiation
Deep sky surveys
First President of the Royal Astronomical Society

Notable awards Copley Medal (1781)
Spouse Mary Baldwin Herschel
Children John Herschel (son)

The difference of the degrees in which the individuals of a great community enjoy the good things of life has been a theme of declaration and discontent in all ages.
William Herschel
All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more strongly the truths come from on high, and contained in the sacred writings.
William Herschel
The undevout astronomer must be mad.