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John Herschel

1792 - 1871

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Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet (; 7 March 1792 – 11 May 1871) was an English polymath active as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, experimental photographer who invented the blueprint and did botanical work.Herschel originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus – the seventh planet, discovered by his father Sir William Herschel. He made many contributions to the science of photography, and investigated colour blindness and the chemical power of ultraviolet rays. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Herschel has received more than 779,161 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). John Herschel is the 47th most popular inventor (down from 36th in 2019), the 318th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 261st in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Inventor.

John Herschel is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He was the son of Sir William Herschel, a famous astronomer, and he continued his father's work.

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Among inventors, John Herschel ranks 47 out of 354Before him are Nicolas Appert, Igor Sikorsky, Adolphe Sax, Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, and Karl Drais. After him are William G. Morgan, Willis Carrier, Hans Lippershey, John Boyd Dunlop, Emile Berliner, and Wilhelm Maybach.

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Among people born in 1792, John Herschel ranks 7Before him are Gioachino Rossini, Pope Pius IX, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Nikolai Lobachevsky, and William II of the Netherlands. After him are Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Karl Ernst von Baer, Alexander Ypsilantis, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, and James Mayer de Rothschild. Among people deceased in 1871, John Herschel ranks 3Before him are Charles Babbage and Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan. After him are Augustus De Morgan, Daniel Auber, Michael Thonet, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Louise of the Netherlands, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Sigismond Thalberg.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 318 out of 7,765Before him are William Petty (1623), Edward Gibbon (1737), Benny Hill (1924), Stanley Matthews (1915), Thomas Andrews (1873), and Robert Falcon Scott (1868). After him are Anne Neville (1456), Frederick Soddy (1877), Syd Barrett (1946), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), Jon Lord (1941), and Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 8Before him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), and Richard Trevithick (1771). After him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Thomas Savery (1650), Richard Arkwright (1732), and James Hargreaves (1720).