Vassar Mitchell, Maria Mitchell Observatory, Matthew Vassar discussed on WBBM Evening News

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Matthew Vassar setting up a new women's college at the end. Of the civil war the first professor he wanted to hire was a. Strong swimmer Maria Mitchell she discovered a comet, in eighteen forty seven, bringing her international fame but. Mitchell has some conditions she wanted an observatory complete with a good telescope and departments for. Herself and her. Father she got them so Mitchell became. The country's first female astronomy professor Mitchell was born two hundred years ago today and then it her father. Was an amateur astronomer and he taught Maria how, to use the telescope her comet discovery led to membership. In several science organizations the first woman to belong to any, of them at Vassar Mitchell established a busy astronomy program beginning. In eighteen seventy three she and her students took daily. Photographs of the sun one of the earliest photographic records, of sunspots They also journeyed to solar eclipses Yet. Mitchell's most important contributions were social she advocated women's rights and was a founder of the American. Association for the advancement of, women she fought for equal pay which she got and encouraged her students to work part. Time to help them be independent, Mitchell died in eighteen eighty nine but several of her students and their. Students made important contributions to astronomy and although, it no longer, watches the stars the observatory building she wanted. Still stands the Maria Mitchell observatory we have sky watching tips and much more about the universe in Stargate magazine subscription. Information at start. Eight dot org I'm.

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