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by Hannah Leitheiser


Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel

Mrs. John Herschel

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Finished Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel, by Mrs. John Herschel. Caroline was born in Hanover to a musical family, although she was prevented any significant educated by her mother. When her father died, she followed her brother, William, to Bath, England. He was employed as a musician, and she occasionally sang.

William had an interest in astronomy and telescopes and was eventually able to quit his day job, and devote himself to mirror grinding and sky surveys. Caroline helped, learning enough mathematics to reduce observations and knowing enough of telescopes to be able to sweep for objects. When William died, she continued astronomical work back in Germany, although she regretted leaving the open country of Bath. The Royal Astronomical Society awarded her a Gold Medal for her work, which would not happen again to a woman for over 100 years, but she always reflected glory toward her brother, about herself she writes "a well-trained puppy-dog would have done as much."