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Maria Mitchell

Born in 1818 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Maria Mitchell was the first female atronomer and the first female astronomy professor in the United States.

Lydia Coleman Professor of Astronomy
Mitchell's Comet Teaching
AAAW Antheneum Library
William Mitchell Quaker religion

Mitchell was a remarkable pioneer for both women and in science. She unquestionably made great contributions to the field of astronomy, and in the 19th century, when women's roles were both socially and professionally well defined and limited, Mitchell truly did follow her North Star, breaking barriers and forging new paths for future generations of scientists and women. Explore the constellation of this amazing North Star to discover the influences that helped shape her into one of history's most inspiring scientists, educators, and social reformers.

For more information regarding Maria Mitchell journey to the following sites:

Maria Mitchell's Biography
The Maria Mitchell Association
The Woman Astronomer