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Maria Mitchell

As a child, Maria was always fascinated with astronomy. Her father introduced and taught her about stars and the use of a telescope. It wasn't until the age of twelve, when Maria helped her father record and calculate the exact time of an annular eclipse.

MOTIVATION "Maria Mitchell." A&E Networks Televisionenness, Amy. "America's First Woman Astronomer - Maria Mitchel - Yesterday's Island, Today's Nantucket. N.p., 30 July 2015-The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Maria Mitchell | Biography - American Astronomer." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.-Wright, Helen. Sweeper in the Sky; The Life of Maria Mitchell. New York: Macmillan Co., 1949

1847 - Gold Medal for the discovery of Miss Mitchell's Comet 1848 - First woman to the Academy of Arts and Science1849 - Served as a computist for the American Nautical Almanac 1875 - President of the American Association for the Advancement of Women



Maria Mitchell was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts on August 1, 1818. She is known as the first female astronomer in the United States. Raised by Quakers, Maria and her nine brothers and sisters took education and learning serious. After her famous discovery of Miss Mitchell's Comet, the King of Denmark kept his promise to reward anyone whom discovered a 'telescopic' comet. Mitchell's finding of Comet 1847 T1, was impossible to view from the human eye. Maria was a professor at Vassar College and worked there until the year of her death, June 28, 1889.


“We especially need to imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.” - Maria Mitchell


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