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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Amy Barger
Dr. Amy J. Barger (born January 18, 1971) is an American astronomer whose discoveries have most concerned quasars, black holes, and other far distant objects. She helped show that the activity of blac...
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.
Agnes Giberne
Agnes Giberne (19 November 1845, Belgaum, India – 20 August 1939 Eastbourne, England) was a prolific British author who wrote fiction with moral or religious themes for children and also books on astr...
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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...
Elizabeth Roemer
Elizabeth Roemer (born 1929) is an American astronomer whose research interests center on comets and asteroids.She discovered the asteroids 1930 Lucifer and 1983 Bok. In addition, she took an extensiv...
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Pelageya Shajn
Pelageya Fedorovna Shajn, née Sannikova (Пелагея Фёдоровна Шайн) (1894 – August 27, 1956), was a Soviet/Russian astronomer. In modern English transliteration, her surname would be given as Shayn, but ...
Sarah Frances Whiting
Sarah Frances Whiting (August 23, 1847 – September 12, 1927), American physicist and astronomer, was the instructor to several astronomers, including Annie Jump Cannon.
Whiting graduated fro...
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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...
Robin M. Canup
Robin M. Canup (born November 20, 1968) is an American astrophysicist. She received her B.S. from Duke University and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her main area of research conc...
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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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...
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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Julia Riley
Julia M. Riley (née Hill) a Fellow of Girton College, works at the Cavendish Astrophysics Group, University of Cambridge in the area of radio astronomy. In 1974, along with Fanaroff, she wrote a famou...
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...