Women in Astronomy - Female Astronomers
Annie Jump Cannon
Annie Jump Cannon developed the Harvard system for classifying stars. She published a catalog of more than 400,000 stars, discovered 300 variable stars and 5 novae -- but was not promoted to the faculty at Harvard until she was age 75.
Caroline Herschel, pioneer woman astronomer, helped discover the planet Uranus, and also discovered nebulae and comets on her own.
Caroline Herschel Portrait
A portrait of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), painted in 1829 by the Belgian painter M. F. Tielemans.
Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia, a mathematician and philosopher at the end of the classical period, also wrote on the motions of the planets. The preaching of Christian bishop Cyril against her paganism led to her death at the hands of a mob in 415.
Maria Mitchell was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States and became a professor of astronomy at Vassar College.
France Anne Córdova
Gale biography of an American astrophysicist, youngest person ever to hold the position of chief scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Before she returned to school to study physics, she had a successful writing career, including writing a cookbook and working for Mademoiselle.