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Mitchell Maria G1

Image title: 
Maria Mitchell with her father, William Mitchell
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Photograph by Slee Bros., Vassar College Archives - Permission required to use.

Maria Mitchell with her father, William Mitchell. Worked as a librarian and also pursued astronomy at her Father's observatory.  She discovered a comet in 1847 for which she received a gold medal from the King of Denmark. First woman appointed to the Academy of Arts and Sciences (1848); First woman named to the Association of the Advancement of Science (1850); First woman to become an Astronomy Professor in the U.S. (1865), First woman elected to the American Philosophical Society (1869).

Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 9 x 7 inches)
Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889