Papers of Sir John Herschel

Scope and Content

Letters and picture (dated 1812-1955), documents relating to Herschel's 1839 paper, 'The Art of Photography', given to the Royal Society, (dated 1833-1979), Herschel's notebooks.

Administrative / Biographical History

Astronomer; son of Sir William Herschel; senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman, 1813; subsequently fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; MA 1816; helped to found Analytical Society, Cambridge, 1813; secretary to Royal Society 1824-7; president of Astronomical Society, 1827-32; created baronet, 1838; president of British Association, 1845; master of the Mint, 1850-5. Major contribution to astronomy through the discovery and cataloguing of many double stars, work on 'light' and early work on photographical process. Buried in Westminster Abbey.

Arrangement

Divided into subjects and arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Note

Astronomer; son of Sir William Herschel; senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman, 1813; subsequently fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; MA 1816; helped to found Analytical Society, Cambridge, 1813; secretary to Royal Society 1824-7; president of Astronomical Society, 1827-32; created baronet, 1838; president of British Association, 1845; master of the Mint, 1850-5. Major contribution to astronomy through the discovery and cataloguing of many double stars, work on 'light' and early work on photographical process. Buried in Westminster Abbey.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Sir John Herschel

Archivist's Note

10 Nov 2005

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