Women astronomers
The following is a list of astronomers, astrophysicists and other notable women who have made contributions to the field of astronomy.
Women astronomers - Wikipedia
Vera Rubin, Astrophysicist Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88
The astrophysicist's groundbreaking research on spiral galaxies provided evidence of invisible dark matter. She was a pioneer in an era when women were excluded from many astronomy programs.
Harvard Computers
Edward Charles Pickering (director of the Harvard Observatory from 1877 to 1919) decided to hire women as skilled workers to process astronomical data. Among these women were Williamina Fleming, Annie...
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Vera Rubin, Astrophysicist Who Confirmed Existence Of Dark Matter, Dies At 88
The astrophysicist's groundbreaking research on spiral galaxies provided evidence of invisible dark matter. She was a pioneer in an era when women were excluded from many astronomy programs.
Madge Adam
Madge Gertrude Adam (March 6, 1912 - August 25, 2001) was an English solar astronomer.
She was "internationally known for her work on the nature of sunspots and on their magnetic fields." She was...
Jennifer Wiseman
Jennifer J. Wiseman is an American astronomer. She received her bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1995. Wiseman discovered periodic comet 114P...
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Victoria Kaspi
Victoria Michelle "Vicky" Kaspi (born June 30, 1967) is an American-Canadian astrophysicist and a professor at McGill University. Her research primarily concerns neutron stars and pulsars.
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Jill Tarter
Jill Cornell Tarter (born January 16, 1944) is an American astronomer and the former director of the Center for SETI Research, holding the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute.
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Lisa Kaltenegger
Lisa Kaltenegger is an Austrian astronomer with expertise in the modeling and characterization of exoplanets and the search for life. On July 1, 2014, she was appointed Associate Professor of Astronom...
Beatriz Barbuy
Beatriz Leonor Silveira Barbuy is a Brazilian astrophysicist. She was described in 2009 by Época magazine as one of the 100 most influential Brazilians. She is a professor at the Instituto de Astronom...
Julie Vinter Hansen
Julie Marie Vinter Hansen (20 July 1890 – 27 July 1960) was a Danish astronomer.
Vinter Hansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. While studying at the University of Copenhagen, she was appointed a...
Marta Burgay
Marta Burgay (30. November 1976, Torino) is an Italian radio astronomer whose initial claim to fame was being the discoverer of PSR J0737-3039, the first double pulsar (two pulsars orbiting each other...
Alice Vibert Douglas
Allie Vibert Douglas, OC MBE (December 15, 1894 – 2 July 1988), who usually went by her middle name, was a Canadian astronomer and the first Canadian woman to become an astrophysicist.
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Claire Ellen Max
Claire Ellen Max (born 1946) is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is affiliated with the Lick Observatory. She is the Director of the Center for...
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Helen Calvert Lines
Helen Calvert Lines (died 2001) was an American amateur astronomer. In her beginnings she was a deep-sky observer and astrophotographer. She was one of early members of the Phoenix Astronomical Societ...
Elena V. Pitjeva
Elena Vladimirovna Pitjeva is a Russian astronomer working at the Institute of Applied Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. She has published over 100 articles, as listed in Google ...
Erika Böhm-Vitense
Erika Böhm-Vitense (born 1923) is an astronomer known for her work on Cepheid variables and stellar atmospheres. She received her doctorate from the University of Kiel in 1951 and is a professor emeri...
Williamina Fleming
Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (May 15, 1857 – May 21, 1911) was a Scottish astronomer. During her career, she helped develop a common designation system for stars and catalogued thousands of...
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Mary Edwards (human computer)
Mary Edwards (c. 1750 – September 1815) was a human computer for the British Nautical Almanac and one of a very few women paid directly by the Board of Longitude, and to earn a living from scientific ...
Mary Ackworth Orr Evershed
Mary Ackworth Evershed (née Orr; 1 January 1867 Plymouth Hoe, Devon - 25 October 1949, Ewhurst, Surrey) was a British astronomer and scholar. Her work on Dante Alighieri was written under the pen name...
Mary Watson Whitney
Mary Watson Whitney (September 11, 1847 – January 20, 1921) was an American astronomer and for 22 years the head of the Vassar Observatory where 102 scientific papers were published under her gu...
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Tamara Mikhaylovna Smirnova
Tamara Mikhaylovna Smirnova (Russian: Тама́ра Миха́йловна Смирно́ва; 1935–2001) was a Russian astronomer.From 1966 to 1988 she was a staff member of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy at...
Carolyn S. Shoemaker
Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer and is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. She once held the record for most comets discovered by an indivi...
Kim Weaver
Dr. Kimberly A. Weaver (born April 1964 in Morgantown, West Virginia) is an American astrophysics astronomer and professor. She has worked with NASA on several research projects. She is often seen on ...
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Ellen Hayes
Ellen Amanda Hayes (September 23, 1851 – October 27, 1930) was an American mathematician and astronomer. She was a controversial character for not only being a female professor, but also embraci...
Jean Swank
Jean Hebb Swank is an astrophysicist who is best known for her studies of black holes and neutron stars.
Swank graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Bryn Mawr College in 1961. ...
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