Edward Pickering and His Women "Computers" : Analyzing the Stars
By: Yount, Lisa.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Trailblazers in Science and Technology: Publisher: New York : Infobase Publishing, 2012Description: 1 online resource (151 p.).ISBN: 9781438138190.Subject(s): Astronomers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Physicists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Pickering, Edward C. -- (Edward Charles), -- 1846-1919 -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Edward Pickering and His Women "Computers" : Analyzing the StarsDDC classification: 520.92 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1: Growing Up; 2: The New Astronomy; 3: Women''s Work; 4: How Far to a Star; 5: The Next Generation; 6: Recognition at Last; Conclusion; Chronology; Glossary; Further Resources; Index
In the 42 years that Edward Pickering directed the Harvard College Observatory, he and his team of women "computers" made strides in promoting the new field of astrophotography, discovered the first spectroscopic binary star system, and cataloged more than 225,000 stars. Pickering hired women such as Henrietta Leavitt, who found a way to measure the distances to faraway stars, and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, whose later work became the foundation for astrophysics, to process astronomical data gathered at the observatory. The advances these women made under Pickering''s direction broadened the window of professional opportunity for women as well as our greater understanding of the universe. This new title highlights the lives of Pickering and his women "computers."
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