Edward Emerson Barnard: The Fourteenth Bruce Medalist

Imagine a contest to choose an ideal role model for amateur astronomers, say someone who rose from poor, self-taught amateur to the very top rank of professionals. The winner would probably be William Herschel, the 18th century musician from Hanover who became court astronomer to Britain's King George III after discovering the planet Uranus with his homemade telescope. Herschel went on to found stellar astronomy and make the first maps of the Milky Way.