• Janet Coburn


  • Maureen

    Also a proud graduate of my alma mater: Wellesley!

  • TheBrett

    She sounds amazing.

  • Raefn

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen women described as ‘computers’, and valued for their attention to detail. A few years ago, PBS broadcast a documentary called ‘Top Secret Rosies’. It’s about the women who calculated trajectories for American bomber planes during WWII, as well as helping to program early computers. http://sites.temple.edu/topsecretrosies/

  • swanface

    Do you mean Gao Zong ?

  • Maus Merryjest

    I motion that the first interstellar spaceship we ever invent should be named The JumpCannon

  • She had a bit of an unfortunate name for that purpose, didn’t she?

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  • TryinaD

    Her name is really awesome, through. Who wouldn’t want a name like Annie Jump Cannon? It sounds cool!

  • Julia Perkins

    I think there’s a typo in the section about Williamina Fleming – I believe “star first classification system” should instead read “first star classification system.” At least, when I googled star first classification system, there were no results with that phrasing.

  • Ruth

    Talk about rejected princesses – Williamina Fleming was the first yet you totally gloss over her contributions. Not only did she discover thousands of stars, she discovered and named the Horsehead Nebula and has a lunar crater named after her and led the entire team of women astronomers.

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