Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fact of the Day: Bright Astronomer

In a time where women had little roles in higher education, a woman named Henrietta Swan Leavitt worked for Harvard as an astronomer. She discovered a method that could accurately measure the distance of faraway galaxies from the Earth. She also suffered from deafness, and her work wasn't appreciated until after she had passed away.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for telling us about her, Adam. What a shame that nobody knew about her.

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  2. Most of women became famous and recognised after their death. At least this time is a little bit different. Kisses:)

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  3. Grate!
    http://afinaskaterblogspotcom.blogspot.ru/

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  4. Sadly, I never knew about Ms. Leavitt until this blog post, which kind of proves the sexism she had to overcome...

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  5. It is a pity, this happens often with great artists and scientists, they become famous after their death.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. too many people are appreciated only after they die :(

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  7. It's good to discover another trailblazer!

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  8. I didn't know about this smart lady until now. And I'm glad you told us about her.

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  9. Bless her heart...smart lady.
    Wonder why people can't be appreciated while they live ?

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  10. Clever lady and how often do we hear and read about people being recognized for their work after their death.

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  11. Good to know at least it got the recognition it deserved

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  12. What a wonderful story, it's sad that she didn't get recognition during her lifetime but unfortunately this is quite common. Thank you Adam for passing by my blog!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  13. Yeah, I've read about her. What a bright woman!

    -Kati

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  14. Didn't knew that. Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  15. How can discovered a method that could accurately measure the distance of faraway galaxies from the Earth? Omg.
    It's sad that so often big people become famous only after their deaths.

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  16. This brilliant lady was featured on one of the recent "Cosmos" segments.

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  17. Sadly, many people aren't appreciated until after they pass away. She sounds like she had a brilliant mind.

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