Ventura County Astronomical Society | 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage VCAS Celebrates the Women of Astronomy

You’ll be amazed to learn that some of the Women on the list were Firsts: Making discoveries and observations long before their male counterparts. And this is only a prtial list. 

Annie Jump Cannon,

was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. Wikipedia

Born: December 11, 1863, Dover, DE

Died: April 13, 1941, Cambridge, MA

Known for: Stellar classification




Beth A. Brown,

(July 15, 1969 – October 5, 2008) was a NASA astrophysicist and the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s Department of Astronomy. Brown joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a post-doctoral research associate with the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. She became a post-doctoral research associate for the National Space Science Data Center in 2001. She held several increasingly more prominent positions in astronomy before she died from a pulmonary embolism.


Henrietta Swan Leavitt,

was an American astronomer. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a “computer”, tasked with examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightness of stars. Wikipedia

Born: July 4, 1868, Lancaster, MA

Died: December 12, 1921, Cambridge, MA

Nationality: American

Known for: Leavitt’s law: the period-luminosity relationship for Cepheid variables


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