Sir John Herschel: Poems

Scope and Content

A folder of fragments of poems by Herschel and a second folder containing 'classical and literary scraps of verse' by various authors. A few of the items are in Latin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871), 1st Baronet and astronomer, was born at Slough, Buckinghamshire, on 7 March 1792. He matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1809 (B.A., 1813; M.A., 1816), where he was a Fellow, 1813-1829, and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1814. Herschel helped to found the Analytical Society in Cambridge, and also the Royal Astronomical Society, of which he was president, 1827-1832. He lived in South Africa, 1833-1838, and in 1847 published the results of his astronomical observations at the Cape of Good Hope. His other publications include Outlines of astronomy (1849) and many mathematical works. He was created baronet in 1838, and died at Collingwood, Hawkhurst, Kent, on 11 May 1871.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the papers of Dr J.A. Venn, President of Queens' College, Cambridge, 1960.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir John Herschel in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1947), p. 342.