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Searching the Stars: The Story of Caroline Herschel Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie

Searching the Stars: The Story of Caroline Herschel

Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie

Published December 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780752442778
Paperback
240 pages
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Caroline Herschel is best known as the less significant sister of the astronomer William Herschel. Yet the romantic notion of her tirelessly working for her brother while he made his studies of the heavens, documenting his discoveries so he couldMoreCaroline Herschel is best known as the less significant sister of the astronomer William Herschel. Yet the romantic notion of her tirelessly working for her brother while he made his studies of the heavens, documenting his discoveries so he could achieve greatness in the scientific world, couldnt be further from the truth. When Caroline wasnt working as her brothers assistant, she was sweeping the stars with her own small telescope given to her by William. Not only did she unearth three important nebulae, but she discovered no fewer than eight comets in her own right. When William became Astronomer Royal to King George III in 1782, Caroline too received an annual salary, making her the first ever woman to work as a professional scientist.William was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1781 after discovering the planet Uranus. It wasnt until 1828, but the Society would eventually reward Caroline too, with its Gold Medal. This award would not be awarded to another woman until 1996. This fascinating new biography of one of our most outstanding scientists reveals the hardships experienced by a woman pursuing a male profession. Yet how did this unattractive, diminutive woman gain the respect of her professional colleagues, her country, and even her king? As Marilyn B. Ogilive investigates this extraordinary life, the determination, humility, and passion of one unremarkable woman come to light.