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William Herschel

Born 15 November 1738. Died 25 August 1822.

Biography

Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS ( Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel; 15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a German-British astronomer, composer, and brother of Caroline Herschel. Born in the Electorate of Hanover, Herschel followed his father into the Military Band of Hanover, before migrating to Great Britain at the age of nineteen. He became famous for his discovery of the planet Uranus, along with two of its major moons, Titania and Oberon, and also discovered two moons of Saturn. In addition, he was the first person to discover the existence of infrared radiation. He is also known for the twenty-four symphonies, and many other musical pieces, that he composed.

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