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Sir William Herschel: the first big-telescope astronomer

A lecture given by leading historian of astronomy, Dr Allan Chapman of the University of Oxford.

Sir William Herschel and his sister Caroline are two of the most fascinating people in the history of astronomy. Starting out as a musician, William rose to international fame after he discovered Uranus in 1781. He later discovered infra-red radiation and made detailed observations of nebulae and what we now know to be external galaxies. All of this work was made possible by constructing the biggest telescopes the world had ever seen. Fittingly, Sir William became the first President of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1820, a mere two years before his death.

Dr Chapman's lecture will set out Herschel's achievements and how they fit in with the 'Romantic Age' he lived through.


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Date and Time:

10 February 2009 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House

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£3 for advance tickets, free after 1215 on the day

Available from:

Reception at the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Tube: Green Park
Tel: 020 7734 3307
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