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Sir William Herschel

Portrait of Sir William Herschel from 1881.
Sir William Herschel (1738 – 1822). 1

A German-born British astronomer and composer, who played the organ, violin, oboe, cello and harpsichord.

My father, who was a musician, destined me to the same profession, hence, I was instructed betimes in his art.  That I might acquire a perfect knowledge of the theory as well as of the practice of music, I was set at an early age to study mathematics in all its branches—algebra, conic section, infinitesimal analysis, and the rest.
Letter from Sir William Herschel in Edward Singleton Holden’s Biography Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works 2
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Dupiery, Madame, painter, Medardus Thoenert, engraver, and uploaded by AlexAitken.  Sir William Herschel.  1881.  Holden, Edward S.  Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1881.  Internet Archive.  Web.  27 Sept. 2015.  Public Domain.
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Holden, Edward Singleton.  Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1881: pgs. 3-4.  Google Books.  Web.  19 Oct. 2015.