14 Responses to “Annie Jump Cannon”

  1. Maureen

    Also a proud graduate of my alma mater: Wellesley!

  2. TheBrett

    She sounds amazing.

  3. 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/

  4. swanface

    Do you mean Gao Zong ?

  5. Maus Merryjest

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

  6. Hana - Marmota

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

  7. TryinaD

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.