Caroline Herschel

1750 - 1848

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Caroline Lucretia Herschel (; 16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German 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 994,930 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Caroline Herschel is the 34th most popular astronomer (up from 39th in 2019), the 493rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 499th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Astronomer.

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

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Among astronomers, Caroline Herschel ranks 34 out of 531Before her are Roger Joseph Boscovich, Avempace, William Alfred Fowler, Johann Gottfried Galle, Fred Hoyle, and Johann Bayer. After her are Wilhelm Schickard, Michel Mayor, Adolphe Quetelet, Jan Oort, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, and Charles Greeley Abbot.

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Among people born in 1750, Caroline Herschel ranks 6Before her are Antonio Salieri, Letizia Ramolino, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, Tipu Sultan, and Frederick Augustus I of Saxony. After her are Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Archduchess Maria Johanna Gabriela of Austria, Francisco de Miranda, Heshen, Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa, and Murad Bey. Among people deceased in 1848, Caroline Herschel ranks 10Before her are Emily Brontë, François-René de Chateaubriand, John Quincy Adams, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, Christian VIII of Denmark, and Bernard Bolzano. After her are William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, María Isabella of Spain, Nicolas Oudinot, Vissarion Belinsky, Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Khachatur Abovian.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 493 out of 6,142Before her are Dieter Bohlen (1954), John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg (1572), Otto Strasser (1897), Prince Maximilian of Baden (1867), Maria Anna of Neuburg (1667), and Louis the Child (893). After her are Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Pyotr Stolypin (1862), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), and Werner von Fritsch (1880).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 6Before her are Johannes Kepler (1571), William Herschel (1738), Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), and Johann Bayer (1572). After her are Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Simon Marius (1573), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Max Wolf (1863), and Karl Ludwig Harding (1765).