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, 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 642,852 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). John Herschel is the 36th most popular inventor (down from 35th in 2019), the 262nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 273rd in 2019) and the 7th 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 36 out of 355Before him are Adolphe Sax, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Nicolas Appert, Jimmy Wales, Konrad Zuse, and William G. Morgan. After him are Ernő Rubik, Herman Hollerith, Igor Sikorsky, Ismail al-Jazari, Abbas ibn Firnas, and Isaac Singer.

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Among people born in 1792, John Herschel ranks 5Before him are Gioachino Rossini, Pope Pius IX, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Nikolai Lobachevsky. After him are Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, William II of the Netherlands, Karl Ernst von Baer, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Alexander Ypsilantis, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and Johan August Arfwedson. Among people deceased in 1871, John Herschel ranks 3Before him are Charles Babbage and Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan. After him are Daniel Auber, Augustus De Morgan, Michael Thonet, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Louise of the Netherlands, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm Weitling, and Wilhelm von Tegetthoff.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 262 out of 6,924Before him are Henry Moore (1898), Sting (1951), Alcuin (735), Alan Parker (1944), Harold Godwinson (1022), and Peter Higgs (1929). After him are Æthelwulf, King of Wessex (795), Mary Tudor, Queen of France (1496), John Constable (1776), Graham Greene (1904), John Venn (1834), and Saint Walpurga (710).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, John Herschel ranks 7Before him are James Watt (1736), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), and John Logie Baird (1888). After him are Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), Richard Arkwright (1732), and Thomas Savery (1650).