William Herschel

William HerschelSir 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.


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