William Herschel

1738-1822

Astronomy

Known for his work in Astronomy...

William Herschel was an astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus. Born and raised in Hanover, Germany, Herschel set off for England to become a music teacher. While in England, Herschel's interest in astronomy grew greatly, it became his passion. In March of 1781, Herschel was doing a research on double stars when he saw something odd in the sky. He originally believed it was just a comet, or some sort of star. After many different observations, he and a Russian professor, both agreed it was a planet. Originally, Herschel wanted the newly discovered planet to be name Georgium Sidus, after the King of England, King George III. However, the astronomical community disagreed with the name and the planet would be called Herschel. Eventually, the planet was named Uranus.
By Jack McGlynn