Caroline Herschel

1750 - 1848

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Caroline Lucretia Herschel (; 16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German-born British astronomer, whose most significant contributions to astronomy were the discoveries of several comets, including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel–Rigollet, which bears her name. She was the younger sister of astronomer William Herschel, with whom she worked throughout her career. She was the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist and the first woman in England to hold a government position. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Caroline Herschel has received more than 1,116,181 page views. Her biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Caroline Herschel is the 29th most popular astronomer (up from 34th in 2019), the 378th most popular biography from Germany (up from 493rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Astronomer.

Caroline Herschel was a German astronomer who discovered eight comets and two nebulae.

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Among astronomers, Caroline Herschel ranks 29 out of 644Before her are Edmond Halley, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Charles Greeley Abbot, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Giuseppe Piazzi, and Robert Luther. After her are Johannes Hevelius, Johann Gottfried Galle, Wilhelm Schickard, Martin Ryle, Adolphe Quetelet, and Michel Mayor.

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Among people born in 1750, Caroline Herschel ranks 5Before her are Antonio Salieri, Letizia Ramolino, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, and Tipu Sultan. After her are Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, Archduchess Maria Johanna Gabriela of Austria, Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Francisco de Miranda, Heshen, Murad Bey, and Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa. Among people deceased in 1848, Caroline Herschel ranks 10Before her are François-René de Chateaubriand, George Stephenson, John Quincy Adams, Christian VIII of Denmark, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, and Bernard Bolzano. After her are Vissarion Belinsky, Nicolas Oudinot, María Isabella of Spain, Mohammad Shah Qajar, Khachatur Abovian, and Thomas Cole.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 378 out of 7,253Before her are Hans Lippershey (1570), Chlodio (393), Peter Behrens (1868), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), Joachim Löw (1960), and Otto Lilienthal (1848). After her are Werner Herzog (1942), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Albrecht Kossel (1853), Alfred von Schlieffen (1833), Alexandra Feodorovna (1798), and Pina Bausch (1940).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 4Before her are Johannes Kepler (1571), William Herschel (1738), and Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758). After her are Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), Johann Bayer (1572), Johann Franz Encke (1791), Simon Marius (1573), and Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793).