5 Outstanding Female Astronomers

  • Country: born in Germany, active in the UK
  • Notable discoveries: several comets and deep-sky objects
  • the world’s first professional female astronomer who received a salary for her work;
  • the first woman in England to hold an official government position (assistant of the court astronomer);
  • the first woman to become an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Country: USA
  • Notable discovery: period-luminosity relation
  • Country: born in the UK, active in the USA
  • Notable discovery: composition of stars
  • Country: USA
  • Notable discovery: evidence for dark matter
  • Country: USA
  • Notable discovery: a black hole in our galaxy’s center

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