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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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Caroline Lucretia Herschel, by Joseph Brown, after  Unknown artist - NPG D9005

Caroline Lucretia Herschel

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

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Caroline Lucretia Herschel

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

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