Maria Mitchell was born in 1818 in Nantucket Massachusetts into a Quaker family who promoted equal education for girls. Her father was a teacher and astronomer and Maria quickly showed that she too had an exceptional talent for both astronomy and mathematics before going on to discover a comet in 1847 which brought her international acclaim.
Maria went onto become the first female professor of astronomy when appointed to the post in 1865 at Vassar College spending more than 20 years there during which time she helped to enrol more students in mathematics and astronomy than Harvard University. Maria always promoted the need for women in science throughout her life.
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|A D Cooper
|John Paul Chapple
|27 September 2023
|41 minutes, 43 seconds
|48 kHz 128 Kbps CBR