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Sir William Herschel 

Who was he?

Wikipedia: Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS, German: Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel (15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a Hanoverian astronomer, technical expert, and a composer. Early in his life Wilhelm followed his father into the Military Band of Hannover. Later, Herschel became most famous for the discovery of the planet Uranus in addition to several of its major moons such as Titania and Oberon. He also discovered infrared radiation. Finally, Herschel is lesser known for the twenty-four symphonies that he composed.

Why was he in Bath?

He moved to England at the age of 19 when the French invaded Hanover in 1757.  After working in the north of England for a number of years he became organist of the Octagon Chapel, Bath in 1766. His house at 19 New King Street, where he made many telescopes and first observed Uranus, is now home to the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.

Location of plaque at 19, New King Street:

Location of plaque at 19, New King Street

Sir William Herschel plaque

The text reads

"Here lived William Herschel a.d. 1781"

Location map of 19, New King Street:

Sir William Herschel location map



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