Women in Early British and Irish Astronomy: Stars and Satellites (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 25, 2009 - Science - 200 pages
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Careers in astronomy for women (as in other sciences) were a rarity in Britain and Ireland until well into the twentieth century. The book investigates the place of women in astronomy before that era, recounted in the form of biographies of about 25 women born between 1650 and 1900 who in varying capacities contributed to its progress during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There are some famous names among them whose biographies have been written before now, there are others who have received less than their due recognition while many more occupied inconspicuous and sometimes thankless places as assistants to male family members. All deserve to be remembered as interesting individuals in an earlier opportunity-poor age. Placed in roughly chronological order, their lives constitute a sample thread in the story of female entry into the male world of science. The book is aimed at astronomers, amateur astronomers, historians of science, and promoters of women in science, but being written in non-technical language it is intended to be of interest also to educated readers generally.
  

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Contents

1 A Clever and Determined Wife
1
2 The Labyrinths of Heaven
8
3 Martyr to Astronomy
25
4 The Art of Navigation
45
5 Celebrities
57
6 Queen of Science
67
7 In the Shadow of Giant Mirrors
91
8 The Admirals Circle
107
12 The Scholarly Sisters
184
13 SlaveWage Earners
203
14 Sunspots and Corona
221
15 Mountain Paradise
235
16 Mapping the Moon
249
17 The End of an Era the Beginning of a New
257
Bibliography
261
Afterword
265

9 Intrepid Travellers
126
10 Adventurous Amateurs
151
11 The New Astronomy
161

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