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Title: The Herschel Knighthoods: Facts and Fiction
Authors: Andrew Hanham; Michael Hoskin

William Herschel is revered as a pioneer of modern astronomy, and he is universally known as "Sir William" on the basis that he was accorded a British knighthood towards the end of his life. From then and up to the present day, publications have referred to him as "Sir William Herschel". These include the many accounts of his life and work, which almost invariably mention that a knighthood was bestowed on him by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1816. Not surprisingly, a host of bibliographical guides, library catalogues and indexes of all descriptions and in all locations have followed suit and prefixed Herschel's name with the knightly title of 'Sir'.
Intriguingly, however, there is nothing in the formal record to indicate that Herschel was ever in fact the recipient of a knighthood, and so he was never officially "Sir William"

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On this day in 1781 William Herschel discovered Uranus.

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Sir Frederick William Herschel discovered the Uranian moons Titania and Oberon,  on the 11th January, 1787.



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Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS (15 November 1738 - 25 August 1822) was a German-born British astronomer, technical expert, and composer.
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In the mid-1700s, a young German musician, William Herschel, moved to England and took up astronomy as a hobby. He soon realised that his new-found interest was hampered; he couldn't buy a telescope good enough to give him a sharp view of the moon.
So he made his own, learning how to cast and polish metal mirrors. Within a few years he was building bigger and better instruments, inventing a new alloy to provide even clearer images and spending his days making mirror moulds from horse dung, pouring the molten mixture of copper and tin, then polishing the curved metal by hand for hours on end.

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Herschel relatives visit Slough
Hanoverian grandmother, Margrit Wesphal, and her niece, Claudia Assmann, made the 450 mile trip from West Saxony on Sunday to learn more about their distant relative: Sloughs favourite son, William Herschel.

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