Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cecilia Payne - One of the Best Scientists Ever

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

Ever wondered who discovered what the sun is made of? And what all stars are made of? And what the entire universe is mainly composed of?

It was a woman, and her name is Cecilia Payne.

Cecilia Payne. Cecilia Payne. Cecilia Payne. Use the repetition to commit it to memory, because they don't teach this shit in schools.

Cecilia Payne figured out the fucking universe.

She was also the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College. When Cambridge wouldn't give her a degree because she was a woman, she moved to the US to go to Harvard. She was the first woman to become a full Harvard professor. Then she was the first woman to head a department at Harvard.

Learn about and remember women scientists.

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