Happy Birthday to Sir William Herschel

William Herschel
Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), after whom the Herschel Space Observatory is named.

Sir William Herschel was born on 15th November 2011. Born "Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel", he moved to England aged 19 and lived near both Bath and Slough. Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781, and was appointed the King's Astronomer in 1782. The fact that he tried (unsuccessfully) to get the new planet named "George" may have helped sway King George III's decision!

In 1800 Herschel discovered a new type of light, which we now call infrared radiation. This discovery is what led the Herschel Space Observatory to be named after him.