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Astronomy (503-582)
 
Citations here cover astronomy and space sciences. For related references, see
MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, AND COMPUTER SCIENCE and PHYSICS.
 
GENERAL
 
 503      Boyle, Charles P. "Women in Space." JOURNAL OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION 5,
no.4 (May 1978): 8-9. Brief history of women as astronauts, written before
Sally Ride's pioneering flight.
 
 504      Cowley, A., et al. "Report to the Council of the AAS from the Working
Group on the Status of Women in Astronomy." American Astronomical Society
BULLETIN 6, no.3, part II (1974): 412-423. Includes numerous graphs and
statistical tables.
 
 505      Davis, Herman S. "Women Astronomers." POPULAR ASTRONOMY 6, nos.3&4
(May & June 1898) Part I (400 A.D.-1750), May 1898: 128-138; Part II
(1750-1890), June 1898: 211-220; Part III ("Contemporary") June 1898: 220-228.
Three-part biographical essay, with a review of Alphonse Rebiere's LES FEMMES
DANS LA SCIENCE, Paris, 1897.
 
 506      Fleming, Mrs. M. (Williamina P.) "A Field for Woman's Work in
Astronomy." ASTRONOMY AND ASTRO-PHYSICS 12, no.8 (October 1893): 683-689.
Discusses astro-photography and opportunities for women.
 
 507      Fraknoi, Andrew, and Freitag, Ruth. "Astronomical Resources - Women
in Astronomy: A Bibliography." MERCURY 21, no.1 (January/February 1992): 46-47.
References on 21 women astronomers including: Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Margaret
Burbridge, Annie Cannon, and Sandra Faber.
 
 508      Grinstein, Louise S. "Women in Physics and Astronomy: A Selected
Bibliography." SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS 80, no.5 (May/June 1980):
384-398.
 
 509      INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION COMMISSION 46 -- TEACHING ASTRONOMY
NEWSLETTER (December 1981); Special Issue: "Women in Astronomy." Includes
"Women in Astronomy in France," by Lucianne Gougenheim; "The Education and
Astronomical Careers of Women in Poland," by Cecylia Iwaniszewska; "Women in
Astronomy in the U.S.," by Caty Pilachowski; and "Women in Astronomy in the
U.S.S.R.," by E. Kononovich.
 
 510      Jones, Bessie Z., and Boyd, Lyle. THE HARVARD COLLEGE OBSERVATORY:
THE FIRST FOUR DIRECTORSHIPS, 1839-1919. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University
Press, 1971. See chapter II, "A Field for Women."
 
 511      Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich. "Women Astronomers in Britain, 1780-1930."
ISIS 75 (September 1984): 534-546.
 
 512      Kistiakowsky, Vera. "Women in Physics and Astronomy." In EXPANDING
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES, ed. by Anne Briscoe and Sheila Pfafflin,
35-47. A look at women's status in the 1970s. (ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY
OF SCIENCES, 323; 1979.) Includes statistical tables.
 
 513      Lankford, John, and Slavings, Rickey L. "Gender and Science: Women in
American Astronomy, 1859-1940." PHYSICS TODAY 43, no.3 (March 1990): 58-65. For
responses to this article, see "Giving Women Astronomers Their Due" in PHYSICS
TODAY 43 pt.1 (August 1990): 91-92.
 
 514      Mack, Pamela E. "Strategies and Compromises: Women in Astronomy at
Harvard College Observatory, 1870-1920." JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY
21 (1990): 65-76.
 
 515      Mack, Pamela E. "Straying from Their Orbits: Women in Astronomy in
America." In WOMEN OF SCIENCE: RIGHTING THE RECORD, ed. by G. Kass-Simon &
Patricia Farnes, pp.72-116. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1990.
 
 516      Reed, H. "Women's Work at Harvard Observatory." NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE
6 (1892): 174.
 
 517      Slavings, Rickey L. "Gender and Science: Women in American Astronomy,
1859-1940." PHYSICS TODAY 43, no.3 (March 1990): 58-65.
 
 518      SPACE FOR WOMEN: PERSPECTIVES ON CAREERS IN SCIENCE. Cambridge, MA:
Center for Astrophysics, 1976. Summarizes a 1975 symposium on careers for women
in astronomy, astrophysics, and earth and planetary sciences.
 
 519      "Two Star-Catalogue Anniversaries (E. HEVELIUS PRODROMUS ASTRONOMIAE
and THE DRAPER CATALOGUE OF STELLAR SPECTRA)." SKY & TELESCOPE 80 (October
1990): 349-350. Both catalogues were compiled by women: Elisabetha Koopman
Hevelius and Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming.
 
 520      Warner, Deborah J. "Women Astronomers." NATURAL HISTORY 88, no.5 (May
1979): 12-26. Overview of women's place in American astronomy from the mid-19th
century to the present.
 
 521      "Women in Astronomy: A Sampler of Issues and Ideas." MERCURY 21, no.1
(January 1992): 27-37.
 
BIOGRAPHIES AND STUDIES OF INDIVIDUALS
 
NOTE: Many obituaries of women astronomers have been published in such
periodicals as the JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION, MONTHLY
NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, and POPULAR ASTRONOMY. NOTABLE
AMERICAN WOMEN, edited by Edward T. James et al. (3 vols., Cambridge: Harvard
University Press, 1971), contains entries for Annie Jump Cannon, Williamina
Fleming, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Maria Mitchell, Sarah Frances Whiting, and
Mary Watson Whitney. Antonia Maury is covered in NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN: THE
MODERN PERIOD, edited by Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green (Cambridge:
Harvard University Press, 1980). Consult also the section on "Astronomers" in
WOMEN IN THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH: AN AMERICAN BIO-BIBLIOGRPAHY, 1724-1979, by
Patricia Joan Siegel and Kay Thomas Finley (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1985).
 
 522      Abell, George O. "Interview with Margaret Geller." In REALM OF THE
UNIVERSE, by George O. Abell, pp.480-483. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders College
Pub., 1992.
 
 523      Bartusiak, Marcia. "The Woman Who Spins the Stars." DISCOVER (October
1990): 88-94. Career biography of Vera Rubin.
 
 524      Bell Burnell, Jocelyn. "Little Green Men, White Dwarfs, or What?" SKY
& TELESCOPE 55, no.3 (March 1978): 218+. Recounts her experience in the
discovery of pulsars.
 
 525      "Beryl Potter." PHYSICS TODAY 39 (February 1986): 92. Obituary.
 
 526      Bracher, Katherine. "Dorothea Klumpke Roberts: A Forgotten
Astronomer." MERCURY 10 (1981): 139-140.
 
 527      Bullard, Margaret. "My Small Newtonian Sweeper -- Where is it Now?"
NOTES AND RECORDS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON 42 (1988): 139-148. On
telescopes used by Caroline Herschel.
 
 528      Campbell, Leon. "Annie Jump Cannon." POPULAR ASTRONOMY 49 (1941):
345-347.
 
 529      Cannon, Annie J. "Williamina Paton Fleming." ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
34, no.1 (July 1911): 311-317. Obituary.
 
 530      "Caroline Ellen Furness." MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE R.A.S. 97 (February
1937): 272-3. Obituary.
 
 531      Dobson, Andrea K., and Bracher, Katherine. "Urania's Heritage: A
Historical Introduction to Women in Astronomy." MERCURY 21, no.1
(January/February 1992): 4-15. Includes Caroline Herschel, Maria Mitchell,
Cecilia Gaposchkin, and others.
 
 532      "Frances Wright, 1897-1989." SKY & TELESCOPE 78 (November 1989): 460.
 
 533      Furness, Caroline E. "Mary W. Whitney." POPULAR ASTRONOMY 30 (1922):
597-608; 31 (1923): 25-36.
 
 534      Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena Payne; ed. by Katherine Haramundanis.
CECILIA PAYNE-GAPOSCHKIN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND OTHER RECOLLECTIONS. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1984.
 
 535      Goldsmith, Donald. THE ASTRONOMERS. New York: St. Martin's Press,
1991. See chapter 5 on M. Geller.
 
 536      Greenstein, George. "Neutron Stars and the Discovery of Pulsars."
MERCURY 14, no.2 (March/April 1985): 34-39; and 14, no.3 (May/June 1985):
66-73. On Jocelyn Bell Burnell's and Antony Hewish's work on pulsars. Excerpted
from Greenstein's 1983 book FROZEN STAR.
 
 537      Harry, Owen. "The Hon. Mrs. Ward (1827-1869): A Wife, Mother,
Microscopist and Astronomer in Ireland 1854-1869." In SCIENCE IN IRELAND,
1800-1930: TRADITION AND REFORM, ed. John R. Nudds et al. Dublin: Trinity
College Dublin, 1988.
 
 538      Herschel, Mary Cornwallis (Mrs. John Herschel) MEMOIR AND
CORRESPONDENCE OF CAROLINE HERSCHEL. London: John Murray, 1876.
 
 539      Hill, Edward. MY DAUGHTER BEATRICE: A PERSONAL MEMOIR OF DR. BEATRICE
TINSLEY, ASTRONOMER. New York: American Physical Society, 1986.
 
 540      Hoffleit, Dorrit. "Antonia Maury." SKY & TELESCOPE 9, no.5 (March
1952): 106. Obituary.
 
 541      Hoffleit, Dorrit. "Some Glimpses From My Career." MERCURY 21, no.1
(January/February 1992): 16-18. In special issue on women in astronomy.
 
 542      Hogg, Helen Sawyer. "Anne Sewell Young." QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF THE
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY 3 (1962): 355-357.
 
 543      Hogg, Helen Sawyer. "A. Vibert Douglas (obituary)." PHYSICS TODAY 42,
(July 1989): 88-89. Canadian astrophysicist.
 
 544      Hoskin, Michael, and Warner, Brian. "Caroline Herschel's Comet
Sweepers." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY 12 (1981): 27-34.
 
 545      Kendall, Phebe Mitchell, comp. MARIA MITCHELL: LIFE, LETTERS, AND
JOURNALS. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1896.
 
 546      Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich. "Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: Astronomy in the
Family." In UNEASY CAREERS AND INTIMATE LIVES: WOMEN IN SCIENCE, 1789-1979, ed.
Pnina G. Abir-Am and Dorinda Outram, pp.216-238. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers
University Press, 1987.
 
 547      Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich. "Three Women of American Astronomy (Maria
Mitchell (1818-1889), Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), and Cecilia Payne-
Gaposchkin (1900-1979)) AMERICAN SCIENTIST 78 (May/June 1990): 244-251.
 
 548      Klumpke, Dorothea. "The Work of Women in Astronomy." OBSERVATORY 22
(August 1899): 295-300. Antiquity through 19th century.
 
 549      Kohlstedt, Sally Gregory. "Maria Mitchell: The Advancement of Women
in Science." NEW ENGLAND QUARTERLY 51, no.1 (March 1978): 39-63. Draws
extensively on primary sources as evidence of Mitchell's work on behalf of
women. Repr. in UNEASY CAREERS AND INTIMATE LIVES: WOMEN IN SCIENCE, 1789-1979,
pp.129-146. Ed. by Pnina G. Abir-Am and Dorinda Outram. New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press, 1987.
 
 550      Lightman, Alan P., and Brawer, Roberta. ORIGINS: THE LIVES AND WORLDS
OF MODERN COSMOLOGISTS. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990. Includes
interviews with astronomers Vera Rubin, pp.285-305, and Margaret Geller,
pp.359-377.
 
 551      Lubbock, Constance A. THE HERSCHEL CHRONICLE: THE LIFE-STORY OF
WILLIAM HERSCHEL AND HIS SISTER CAROLINE. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1933. Written by William Herschel's granddaughter.
 
 552      Mary Thomas a Kempis, Sister. "Caroline Herschel." SCRIPTA
MATHEMATICA 21, no.4 (June 1955): 237-251.
 
 553      McKenney, Anne P. "What Women Have Done for Astronomy in the United
States." POPULAR ASTRONOMY 12 (March 1904): 171-182. Biographical sketches.
 
 554      Merriam, Eve, ed. "Maria Mitchell." In GROWING UP FEMALE IN AMERICA:
TEN LIVES, ed. by Eve Merriam, pp.75-92. Extracts from Mitchell's diary,
selected for the general reader. New York: Doubleday, 1971.
 
 555      Mitchell, Helen Buss. "Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Cepheid Variables."
PHYSICS TEACHER 14, no.2 (February 1976): 162-167. Biographical sketch.
 
 556      Nelson, Debra L. "Daughters of the Sky: A Brief History of Women in
Astronomy." GRIFFITH OBSERVER 47, no.3 (March 1983): 2-10. With illustrations.
 
 557      Newall, H. "Dame Margaret Lindsay Huggins." MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE
R.A.S. 76 (February 1916): 278-82. Obituary.
 
 558      O'Meara, Stephen James. "Women in Astronomy." SKY & TELESCOPE 77
(March 1989): 317-318.
 
 559      Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey. "Caroline Herschel's Contributions to
Astronomy." ANNALS OF SCIENCE 32 (1975): 149-161.
 
 560      Oles, Carole. NIGHT WATCHES: INVENTIONS ON THE LIFE OF MARIA
MITCHELL. Cambridge, MA: A. James Books, 1985.
 
 561      Opalko, Jane. "Maria Mitchell's Haunting Legacy." SKY & TELESCOPE 83
(May 1992): 505-7.
 
 562      Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia H. "Miss Cannon and Stellar Spectroscopy."
THE TELESCOPE 8, no.3 (1941): 62-3. On Cannon's work on the Henry Draper
Catalogue.
 
 563      Reed, George. "The Discovery of Pulsars: Was Credit Given Where It
Was Due?" ASTRONOMY 11, no.12 (December 1983): 24-28. On Jocelyn Bell Burnell's
exclusion from the 1974 Nobel Prize.
 
 564      Reynolds, J. "Dorothea Klumpke Roberts." MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE
R.A.S. 104, no.2 (1944): 92+.
 
 565      Richardson, Robert S. THE STAR LOVERS. New York: Macmillan, 1967.
Chapter 11 is on Margaret Huggins and other women astronomers: pp.157-178.
 
 566      Rizzo, P.V. "Early Daughters of Urania." SKY AND TELESCOPE 14, no.1
(November 1954): 7-9. Identifies "lady astronomers" before Caroline Herschel.
 
 567      Robinson, Leif J. "Obituary [of Antoinette de Vaucouleurs]" SKY &
TELESCOPE 74 (December 1987): 598. For another obituary see, "Antoinette de
Vaucouleurs," by Frank Bash, Harlan J. Smith, and J. Craig Wheeler. PHYSICS
TODAY 41 (July 1988): 92.
 
 568      Rubin, Vera. "Women's Work: Discrimination Against Women in
Astronomy." SCIENCE 86, v.7 (July/August 1986): 58-65. Discusses the careers of
Maria Mitchell, Annie Jump Cannon and others.
 
 569      Schiebinger, Londa L. "Maria Winkelmann at the Berlin Academy: A
Turning Point for Women in Science." ISIS 78, no.292 (1987): 172-198. Also
published in "Maria Winkelmann: The Clash Between Guild Traditions and
Professional Science," in CURRENT ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HISTORY, ed. Arina
Angerman, Geerte Binnema, Annemieke Keunen, Vefie Poels, Jacqueline Zirkzee.
(London/New York: Routledge, 1989), and in GENDERED DOMAINS: RETHINKING PUBLIC
AND PRIVATE IN WOMEN'S HISTORY, ed. Dorothy Helly and Susan Reverby (Ithaca:
Cornell University Press, 1992), pp.56-70.
 
 570      Smith, E. "Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin." PHYSICS TODAY (June 1980): 64.
 
 571      Spradley, Joseph L. "The Industrious Mrs. Fleming." ASTRONOMY 18
(July 1990): 48-51. The first American woman admitted to the Royal Astronomical
Society (1906).
 
 572      Spradley, Joseph L. "Women and the Stars." PHYSICS TEACHER 28, no.6
(September 1990): 372-377. Describes the work of 15 women astronomers.
 
 573      Stephens, Sally. "Vera Rubin: An Unconventional Career." MERCURY 21,
no.1 (January/February 1992): 38-45.
 
 574      Thompson, Grace A. "Williamina Fleming." NEW ENGLAND MAGAZINE 48
(1912): 458-467.
 
 575      Tousey, R. "The Solar Spectrum from Fraunhofer to Skylab: An
Appreciation of the Contribution of Charlotte Moore Sitterly." JOURNAL OF THE
OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA. B, OPTICAL PHYSICS 5, no.10 (October 1988):
2230-2236. Chiefly technical description of Sitterly's work in solar
spectroscopy.
 
 576      Weitzenhoffer, Kenneth. "The Education of Mary Somerville." SKY AND
TELESCOPE 73 (February 1987): 138-139. Nineteenth-century astronomer who wrote
THE MECHANISM OF THE HEAVENS: ON THE CONNEXION OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES,
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, AND MOLECULAR AND MICROSCOPIC SCIENCE.
 
 577      Weitzenhoffer, Kenneth. "A Forgotten Astronomer (Elizabeth Brown)."
ASTRONOMY 20 (October 1992): 13-14.
 
 578      Weitzenhoffer, Kenneth. "The Triumph of Dorothea Klumpke." SKY AND
TELESCOPE 72 (August 1986): 109-110.
 
 579      Welther, B. "Annie Jump Cannon: Classifier of the Stars." MERCURY 8,
no.1 (January-February 1984): 28-29.
 
 580      Whineray, Scott, ed. "Beatrice (Hill) Tinsley, 1941-1981, Astronomer:
A Tribute in Memory of an Outstanding Physicist." Palmerston North, N.Z.:
Massey University, New Zealand Institute of Physics Education Committee, 1985.
 
 581      Whitney, Charles A. "Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Astronomer's
Astronomer." SKY & TELESCOPE 59, no.3 (March 1980): 212-214.
 
 582      Wright, Helen. SWEEPER IN THE SKY: THE LIFE OF MARIA MITCHELL, FIRST
WOMAN ASTRONOMER IN AMERICA. New York: Macmillan, 1949.


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