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John Frederick William Herschel

7 March 1792 - 11 May 1871

Sir John Frederick William Herschel was an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer, who also did valuable botanical work. He was the son of Mary Baldwin and astronomer William Herschel, nephew of astronomer Caroline Herschel and the father of twelve children.

Herschel originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus. He made many contributions to the science of photography, and investigated colour blindness and the chemical power of ultraviolet rays.

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May 15, 2017 Edited by Clean Up Bot merge authors
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July 10, 2016 Edited by Hemanth Kumar Author bio
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October 27, 2008 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Internet Archive MARC record.