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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 women astronomers 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?"
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 ...more

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 ...more

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

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

Age: 51

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Astronomer

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