Sir John Herschel 1792-1871

John Herschel was the son of William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered Uranus. As an undergraduate John Herschel

went to Cambridge and made friends with Peacock and Babbage. Together the three founded the Analytical Society which

had as its aim the introduction of Continental methods of analysis into British universities.

Herschel, with Peacock, translated Lacroix's Traité du calcul différentiel et du calcul intégral and, with Babbage, he

published a 2 volume work on finite differences. In the final examination Herschel was first, Peacock second and Babbage had

withdrawn because he could not compete.

Herschel's later work went, as the other members of his family, towards astronomy but he did some important work on

geometric optics.