The Herschel Knighthoods: Facts and Fiction

@article{Hanham2013TheHK,
  title={The Herschel Knighthoods: Facts and Fiction},
  author={A. Hanham and M. Hoskin},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={2013},
  volume={44},
  pages={149 - 164}
}
William Herschel is revered as a pioneer of modern astronomy, and he is universally known as "Sir William" on the basis that he was accorded a British knighthood towards the end of his life. From then and up to the present day, publications have referred to him as "Sir William Herschel". These include the many accounts of his life and work, which almost invariably mention that a knighthood was bestowed on him by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1816. Not surprisingly, a host of… Expand
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