Vassar Mitchell, Maria Mitchell Observatory, Matthew Vassar discussed on WBBM Programming

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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. Astronomer 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 apartments 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 in Nantucket her father was. An amateur astronomer and he taught Mariah how do, you 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 that several of her students and their students. Made important contributions to strana me 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 start eight magazine subscription. Information.

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