FamilyWorked closely with brother, Wilhelm Herschel, astronomer
VocationJoined Wilhelm in England
VocationDiscovered her first comet
RecognitionGold Medal from Royal Astronomical Society
Caroline Herschel: A LifeRead more...
Caroline Herschel’s father, Isaac Herschel, was the son of a landscape-gardener to the King of Saxony. Rather than following in his father’s footsteps Isaac pursued his passion for music, becoming an oboe player in the Royal Hanoverian Band in 1731 at the age of twenty-four. The next year he and Anna Ilse Moritzen were married; and her very traditionally-minded family background, especially concerning the role of women, would later have an impact on their daughters. The Herschels' still-growing family was disrupted in 1743 by the Battle of Dettingen, in which Isaac fought, and from which he returned with an acute rheumatism which would weigh on his health for the remaining years of his life. Two years later, however, Caroline Lucretia was born in Hanover—the fourth of six children.