William Herschel

1738 - 1822

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Frederick William Herschel (; German: Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel; 15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a German-British astronomer and composer. He frequently collaborated with his younger sister and fellow astronomer Caroline Herschel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Herschel has received more than 2,040,170 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). William Herschel is the 8th most popular astronomer, the 85th most popular biography from Germany (up from 96th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Astronomer.

William Herschel was a famous astronomer who discovered Uranus.

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Among astronomers, William Herschel ranks 8 out of 644Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Ptolemy, Anders Celsius, and Tycho Brahe. After him are Ulugh Beg, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Aristarchus of Samos, Edwin Hubble, Hipparchus, and Ole Rømer.

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Among people born in 1738, William Herschel ranks 2Before him is George III of the United Kingdom. After him are Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Cesare Beccaria, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Túpac Amaru II, Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, Ethan Allen, Thomas Abbt, Arthur Phillip, and Jacques François Dugommier. Among people deceased in 1822, William Herschel ranks 2Before him is E. T. A. Hoffmann. After him are Antonio Canova, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Claude Louis Berthollet, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Paolo Ruffini, and René Just Haüy.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, William Herschel ranks 85 out of 7,253Before him are Karl Jaspers (1883), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Charles Bukowski (1920), Arminius (-17), Peter III of Russia (1728), and Helmut Kohl (1930). After him are Jürgen Habermas (1929), Heinz Guderian (1888), Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Germany

Among astronomers born in Germany, William Herschel ranks 2Before him are Johannes Kepler (1571). After him are Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Caroline Herschel (1750), 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).