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Material on Some Specific Women Astronomers of the Past

Resource Guides

Caroline Herschel 1750-1848

  • Alic, Margaret

    Hypatia’s Heritage: A History of Women in Science. 1986, Beacon Press. Chapter 9 has a good section on Herschel’s work.

  • Armstrong, Mabel

    Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars. 2008, Stone Pine Press. This book for teens has a chapter on Herschel.

  • Belkora, Leila

    Minding the Heavens: The Story of Our Discovery of the Milky Way. 2003, IOP Publishing. Chapter 4 is about the Herschels.

  • Brock, Claire

    The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel’s Astronomical Ambition. 2008, Totem Books. A popular-level biography. A radio program interviewing the author can be found at the end of the web sites below.

  • “Two Good Women, or Too Good to Be True?” (a 2002 essay from Science, considering how Caroline Herschel and Mary Somerville are treated by history, in contrast with men of their time)

  • Higgins, F.

    Sweeper of the Skies: Caroline Herschel. 1967, Follett. For young people.

  • Hoskin, Michael

    “Caroline Herschel’s Life of Mortification and Disappointments, in Journal for the History of Astronomy, Nov. 2014, Vol. 45, No. 4, p.442-466.

    “In Caroline Herschel’s Footsteps” in Sky & Telescope, Aug. 2007, p. 59.

    “Astronomy’s Matriarch” in Sky &Telescope, May 2005, p. 42-46.

    ed. Caroline Herschel’s Autobiographies. 2003, Science History Publications. Annotated versions of the autobiographies she wrote in her 70’s and 90’s.

    The Herschel Partnership, as Viewed by Caroline. 2003, Science History Publications. By a noted historian of astronomy.

  • Comet Huntress” in Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Apr. 1999, vol. 109, p. 78.

  • Lemonick, Michael

    The Georgian Star: How William and Caroline Herschel Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Cosmos. 2008, W. W. Norton. A popular-level history of their partnership by a science reporter.
    Lubbock, C. The Herschel

  • The Herschel Chronicle. 1933, Cambridge U. Press. Family chronicle of William and Caroline, by his grand-daughter.

  • Caroline’s Comet. 2017, Holiday House. Illustrated children’s book.
    Ogilvie, M. "Caroline Herschel's Contributions to Astronomy" in Annals of Science, vol. 32, p. 149 (1975).
    Ogilvie, Marilyn: Searching the Stars: The Story of Carolyn Herschel. 2011, History Press.

  • Winterburn, Emily

    The Quiet Revolution of Caroline Herschel: The Lost Heroine in Astronomy. 2018, History Press.