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  • In fact, stargazing siblings William and Caroline Herschel were the late 18th century's most celebrated astronomers.

    A Far-Seeing Family

  • But in her time she was the greatest of all 19th-century women science writers, known as "the Queen of science" and elected honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society 1835 along with Caroline Herschel.

    The Royal Society's lost women scientists

  • In December 1788, the astronomer royal, Dr Nevil Maskelyne FRS, wrote effusively to 38-year-old Caroline Herschel congratulating her on being the "first women in the history of the world" to discover not one, but two new comets.

    The Royal Society's lost women scientists

  • But give credit where credit is due, for it was Caroline Herschel who observed it on September 28, 1783!

    Weekend SkyWatcher's Forecast – December 5-7, 2009 | Universe Today

  • This one will link into a life-long interest in astronomy, as well as a more recent interest in England (especially spurred by The Baroque Cycle of Neal Stephenson) and the tales of Patrick O'Brian (Caroline Herschel makes an off-stage appearance).

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • "Planetarium" celebrates the career of astronomer Caroline Herschel 1750-1848, who identified eight comets.

    Adrienne Rich: The Voice of the Poet

  • Until recently, apart from a few anomalous figures like Caroline Herschel, Barbara McClintock, and Marie Curie, the sciences were a male preserve.

    The Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge

  • Caroline Herschel did not stop to ask whether her telescope were privileged to find new stars, but swept it across the heavens, and was the first discoverer of at least five comets.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out

  • Caroline Herschel, the sister of Sir William, was doubtless gifted with much of the Herschel talent, and, under other circumstances, her mind might have turned to original research; but she belonged rather to the last century, and Hanover was not a region favorable to intellectual efforts in her sex.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • This was surely the case with Caroline Herschel, sister of the great astronomer, from whose biography Professor Mozans in his fascinating book on "Woman in Science" quotes this inspiring passage:

    "The Woman Behind the Man"


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