Sir William Herschel

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English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)

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Designed to observe the sky at infrared wavelengths, it is named after leading astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered infrared light about 200 years ago.
Sir William Herschel, arguably the father of observational astronomy, discovered Uranus by accident, using his home-made telescope, on 13 March 1781.
It will also feature music written by composers that Boulton knew, including a symphony and a sonata by astronomer Sir William Herschel.
1858: Sir William Herschel of the Indian Civil Service takes soldiers' fingerprints to stop fake pay claims.
It is twice as big as all the other planets combined# URANUSURANUS was discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1781 - the seventh planet.
Somewhat off the beaten track was Sir William Herschel, who began as a professional musician and ended up Astronomer Royal, although his Symphonia di Camera no 8 actually held little interest, while observing repeats only emphasized its paucity of invention.