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William Herschel had married a woman rich enough that he could stop worrying about having enough money available for his astronomical studies. This must have been a great relief since throughout his life, money seems to have been a major concern for him. Caroline stayed with him until his death and helped raising his only son John Herschel (1792 – 1871). In contrast to his father and aunt, John received the best education available in Britain at the time: He learned at Eton, from private teachers, and at Cambridge. While having very broad interests, ranging from biology, astronomy to law, he eventually continued his father’s work on double stars. While William and Caroline prepared a catalogue of double stars in the Northern hemisphere of the sky John completed the catalogue by adding the map of the Southern hemisphere. He embarked on a three year journey with wife, child, and assistant to the Cape of Good Hope to map the Southern night sky. John became equally influential as William Herschel and wrote the standard textbook on astronomy of his time: “A Treatise on Astronomy”. Late in his career, John was one of the pioneers of the new technology of photography.
John Herschel

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