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William Herschel

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Astronomer

The Resume

    (November 15, 1738-August 25, 1822)
    Born in Hanover, Germany
    Birth name was Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel
    Discovered the planet Uranus (1781)
    Also discovered two moons of Saturn and two moons of Uranus.
    Named the King's Astronomer(1782)
    A founder of the Royal Astronomical Society (1820)

Why he might be annoying:

    He proposed calling the new planet Georgium Sidus, Latin for George's Star, to honor King George III.
    He speculated that the sun had a cool surface protected from its hot atmosphere by an opaque layer of clouds and that it was inhabited by a race of beings with enormous heads.
    Insert jokes about 'finding your anus' here.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was the first astronomer to determine that the solar system is moving through space.
    He discovered infrared radiation.
    A successful music teacher and composer, his interest in music led him to mathematics and then to astronomy.

Credit: C. Fishel


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
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    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 30 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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    In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
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    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 98 Votes: 48.98% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 15 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 31 Votes: 45.16% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 26 Votes: 42.31% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 56.67% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 74 Votes: 47.30% Annoying