Vassar Mitchell, Matthew Vassar, Professor discussed on 24 Hour News


Star date August first We Matthew Vassar where setting up a new women's college at the end. Of the civil war the first professor he wanted to hire was. A strong Maria Mitchell she discovered a comet, in eighteen forty seven, bringing her international fame but. Mitchell has them 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 tuck it her father. Was an amateur astronomer and he taught Maria how. To use the telescope her comment 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.

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