Mitchell, Maria (d. 1889) KK-411-5


Prospect Hill Cemetery
Section no: KK
Memorial no: 411-5

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Personal Information

Name: Maria Mitchell
Gender: Female
Birth: August 1 1818
Death: June 28 1889
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BORN AUG. 1, 1818.
DIED JUNE 28, 1889.

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Biographical notes: Born on Nantucket in 1818, Maria Mitchell was one of ten children. Her father, William, taught astronomy and celestial navigation to sons and daughters alike while her mother, Lydia Coleman, urged her girls to learn occupations and seek independence. As first librarian of the Nantucket Atheneum, Maria continued her studies in astronomy, and in 1847 earned international renown and a gold medal from the King of Denmark when she discovered a telescopic comet. Mitchell became the first woman elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the first woman Professor of Astronomy in the United States when she accepted a position at the newly founded Vassar College. A devoted professor, she nurtured a generation of Vassar students. As President of the American Association for the Advancement of Women, Mitchell promoted higher education and suffrage for women. Today, as we encourage a new appreciation of women’s contributions, this remarkable scientist, educator, and social reformer assumes her rightful place in the pantheon of famous Americans. (from the Maria Mitchell Association website)
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Date data collected: 4/4/2007
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Field recorder: Georgen Gilliam Charnes
Data input by: Georgen Gilliam Charnes
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