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|Named Person:||Annie Jump Cannon; Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin; Henry Norris Russell|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
George Greenstein; Phi Beta Kappa.
"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:||p. 437-446 ; 26 cm.|
|Series Title:||American scholar, vol. 62, no. 3.|