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During the later eighteenth century Caroline Herschel perhaps surprised herself by adding to the role of a domestic family woman those of performer and then scientist. Her writings fall into two related groups: singularly self-effacing diaries, letters, and memoirs or family history, and astronomical writings. She continued to write in these genres until decades into the nineteenth century.
16 March 1750 Carolina Lucretia Herschel was born at Hanover in Germany, the eighth of the ten children in her family (of whom four died young), and only the second girl among them to survive. Bibliographic Citation link.
1798 The Royal Society issued, with her name, CH's Catalogue of Stars, an updating and radical expansion of Flamsteed's canonical but by now inadequate catalogue of fixed stars (published in 1725). Bibliographic Citation link.
7 March 1825 CH announced in a letter from Hanover to her nephew John in England the completion of her "Catalogue of . . . Star-Clusters and Nebulae". Bibliographic Citation link.
8 February 1828 The Astronomical Society awarded its gold medal to CH for her "Catalogue of . . . Star-Clusters and Nebulae", which, although unpublished, was accessible to and very highly valued by astronomers. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 January 1848 CH died in Hanover, a couple of months short of her ninety-eighth birthday. The Athenæum printed a respectful obituary. Bibliographic Citation link.
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