Frederick William Herschel (November 15, 1738 - August 25, 1822) was a German astronomer, technical expert, and composer. Born in Hanover, Germany, he emigrated to England at age 19. Herschel's music led him to an interest in mathematics and lenses. His interest in astronomy grew and he started building his own reflecting telescopes. During the course of his career, he constructed more than four hundred telescopes. The largest and most famous of these was a reflecting telescope with a 491⁄2-inch-diameter primary mirror and a 40-foot focal length. He became famous for his discovery of the planet Uranus, along with two of its major moons (Titania and Oberon), and also discovered two moons of Saturn. From 1782 to 1802, and most...
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