Family of British astronomers, including Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), who discovered Uranus (1781) and cataloged more than 800 double stars and 2,400 previously unknown nebulae and other deep-sky objects. His sister Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) assisted in his work and discovered numerous comets. His son Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792–1871) cataloged nearly 2,000 more deep-sky objects and conducted notable research on light, photography, and astrophysics.
1829 portrait by Martin François Tielemans
- (astronomy, obsolete) The planet Uranus. In use until the mid-19th century as an alternative to Georgium Sidus after King George III.
After its discoverer, Sir William Herschel