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History of Astronomy Group Meeting: Sir John Frederick William Herschel 1792 – 1871

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sir John Frederick William Herschel

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Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting.

Roy Hookway has kindly agreed to give another talk to the Flamsteed History of Astronomy group.

John Herschel was the only son of Sir William Herschel, the discoverer of Uranus, and Mary Pitt. John was initially educated at home, surrounded by the leading scientists of his father’s era and rose to be one of the most eminent and influential scientists of the 19th century. He dedicated his life to completing the monumental star catalogues begun by his father and Aunt Caroline. He was an outstanding astronomer and mathematician and produced scientific papers on geology, meteorology, chemistry, botany, and photography. He was a leading proponent of educational reform and was a talented musician, linguist and draughtsman. Although he made no major breakthroughs for which he is remembered today, he was considered by his contemporaries as almost the equal of Newton. This talk will explore John’s life and underline the influence he had on the flowering of 19th century science.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY.

Please do not book a place on this event if you are not a member of the society. Your booking will be cancelled if your name does not appear on our membership database.

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Date:
April 25
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Royal Observatory Greenwich
Blackheath Avenue
London, SE10 8XJ United Kingdom
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