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Definition of 'herschel'


  1. English astronomer (son of William Herschel) who extended the catalogue of stars to the southern hemisphere and did pioneering work in photography (1792-1871)
       Synonyms: John Herschel Sir John Herschel Sir John Frederick William Herschel
  2. English astronomer (born in Germany) who discovered infrared light and who catalogued the stars and discovered the planet Uranus (1738-1822)
       Synonyms: William Herschel Sir William Herschel Sir Frederick William Herschel

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