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Famous Female Astronomers

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List of famous female astronomers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female astronomers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being astronomers. There are thousand of females working as astronomers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic astronomers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a astronomer then the people below should give you inspiration.

List contains people like Judith L. Pipher, Julie Vinter Hansen.

While this isn't a list of all female astronomers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female astronomers?" and "Who are the best female astronomers?"
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    Henrietta Swan Leavitt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Henrietta Swan Leavitt was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. A graduate of Radcliffe College, Leavitt started working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer" in 1893, examining photographic plates in order to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1868-1921)
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Human computer, Astronomer
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    Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld was a Dutch astronomer. In a jointly-credited trio with Tom Gehrels and her husband Cornelis Johannes van Houten, she was the discoverer of many thousands of asteroids. Gehrels did a sky survey using the 48-inch Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory and shipped the plates ...more

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    • Age: 94
    • Profession: Astronomer
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    Ruby Payne-Scott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Ruby Violet Payne-Scott, BSc MSc DipEd was an Australian pioneer in radiophysics and radio astronomy, and was the first female radio astronomer. more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1912-1981)
    • Birthplace: Grafton, Australia
    • Profession: Physicist, Astronomer
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    Andrea M. Ghez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Andrea Mia Ghez is an American astronomer and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. In 2004, Discover magazine listed Ghez as one of the top 20 scientists in the United States who have shown a high degree of understanding in their respective fields. more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Astronomer
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    Eleanor F. Helin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Eleanor Key Francis "Glo" Helin was an American astronomer. She was principal investigator of the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She retired in 2002. Helin discovered or co-discovered 872 asteroids, including the first two Aten asteroids: 2062 Aten and 2100 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1932-2009)
    • Profession: Astronomer
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    Carolyn S. Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker is an American astronomer and is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. She once held the record for most comets discovered by an individual. more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Gallup, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronomer
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    Maria Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Maria Mitchell was an American astronomer who, in 1847, by using a telescope, discovered a comet which as a result became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet". She won a gold medal prize for her discovery which was presented to her by King Frederick VI of Denmark - this was remarkable for a woman. On the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1818-1889)
    • Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronomer
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    Amy Mainzer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Astronomers
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    Amy Mainzer is an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and the Principal Investigator for the NEOWISE project to study minor planets and the proposed Near Earth Object ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Profession: Astronomer
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