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The ladies of Observatory Hill : Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Author: George Greenstein; Phi Beta Kappa.
Publisher: Washington : United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, 1993.
Series: American scholar, vol. 62, no. 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Annie Jump Cannon; Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin; Henry Norris Russell; Annie Jump Cannon; Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin; Henry Norris Russell
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Greenstein; Phi Beta Kappa.
OCLC Number: 51572282
Notes: "Summer 1993."
"Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin represent a turning point for women in science. Both women were astronomers who were involved in the study of stellar spectra. Cannon belonged to an older, more passive world in which women were content to catalog and count stars for male supervisors. Payne belonged to a new world in which women took part in research and formulated their own theories. The women met at Harvard in 1923; Payne's thesis, that Cannon's extensive cataloging of stellar spectra also suggested a way to classify stars according to temperature, was considered a first-rate achievement. Payne was also the first person to suggest that stars are primarily composed of hydrogen. Nobody believed her until 1929, when Henry Norris Russell published a formal paper giving credit to her idea. The treatment of women in academia of the period is discussed."
Description: pages 437-446 ; 26 cm.
Series Title: American scholar, vol. 62, no. 3.
Responsibility: George Greenstein.

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