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Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750-1848), Astronomer; sister of Sir William Herschel

Sitter in 2 portraits
Despite childhood illnesses and lack of formal education, Caroline Herschel defied contemporary expectations by becoming a celebrated astronomer. Her achievements include preparing an index to Flamsteed's original star catalogue and the discovery of comets using a telescope built specially for her by her brother, william. She was awarded a Gold Medal by the Astronomical Society in 1828, the first woman to achieve such an honour.

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D9005

Caroline Lucretia Herschel

by Joseph Brown, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, circa 1842
NPG D9005

D14946

Caroline Lucretia Herschel

by Joseph Brown, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, circa 1842
NPG D14946