Sir Frederick William Herschel (1738-1822) has long been recognized as both an outstanding Christian and an outstanding astronomer. In astronomy he made many great discoveries, perhaps the most notable being the recognition of double stars and the discovery of Uranus. He constructed the greatest reflecting telescopes of his day and cataloged and studied the nebulae and galaxies as never before.
As a Christian, Sir William was said by his biographer to be “a great, simple, good old man,” noted for his kindness and his sublime conception of the universe as a marvelous witness to the handiwork of God. it was Herschel who said: “The undevout astronomer must be mad.”
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.