Fonds Herschel - Papers of Sir John Herschel

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GB 275 Herschel


Papers of Sir John Herschel


  • 1812–1979 (Mostly from 1812-71. Also includes papers relating to modern research into Herschel's work.) (Creation)

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64 items paper

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Astronomer; son of Sir William Herschel; senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman, 1813; subsequently fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; MA 1816; helped to found Analytical Society, Cambridge, 1813; secretary to Royal Society 1824-7; president of Astronomical Society, 1827-32; created baronet, 1838; president of British Association, 1845; master of the Mint, 1850-5. Major contribution to astronomy through the discovery and cataloguing of many double stars, work on 'light' and early work on photographical process. Buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Letters and picture (dated 1812-1955), documents relating to Herschel's 1839 paper, 'The Art of Photography', given to the Royal Society, (dated 1833-1979), Herschel's notebooks.

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Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Sir John Herschel

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10 Nov 2005




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