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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Caroline Herschel has received more than 951,573 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Caroline Herschel is the 39th most popular astronomer (up from 48th in 2019), the 499th most popular biography from Germany (up from 580th in 2019) and the 7th 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 39 out of 532Before her are Johannes Hevelius, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Adolphe Quetelet, Fred Hoyle, and Johann Bayer. After her are Clyde Tombaugh, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Charles Greeley Abbot, Asaph Hall, James Bradley, and Simon Marius.

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Among people born in 1750, Caroline Herschel ranks 6Before her are Antonio Salieri, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, Letizia Ramolino, 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 Jöns Jacob Berzelius, François-René de Chateaubriand, Christian VIII of Denmark, John Quincy Adams, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, and Bernard Bolzano. After her are María Isabella of Spain, Nicolas Oudinot, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Vissarion Belinsky, Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Mohammad Shah Qajar.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 499 out of 5,289Before her are Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1784), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Otto Carius (1922), Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), Albert, Duke of Prussia (1490), and Louis II, Prince of Monaco (1870). After her are Jochen Rindt (1942), Caroline of Baden (1776), Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (1655), Erhard Milch (1892), Rabanus Maurus (780), and Friedrich Mohs (1773).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, Caroline Herschel ranks 7Before her are Johannes Kepler (1571), William Herschel (1738), Wilhelm Schickard (1592), Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), and Johann Bayer (1572). After her are Simon Marius (1573), Max Wolf (1863), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Johann Franz Encke (1791), and Walter Baade (1893).