Maria Mitchell

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Birthday
1, 1818
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Jun 28, 1889 (70)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
1, 1818
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Jun 28, 1889 (70)

About

American astronomer who discovered a comet that became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet" in 1847 by using a telescope. It won her a gold medal prize presented by King Frederick VII of Denmark.

Before Fame

She was taught astronomy by her father while using his telescope and helped him in calculating the exact moment of an annular eclipse when she was twelve years old.

Trivia

She became the first woman to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1848.

Family Life

She never married and had a sister, Kate, with whom she was very close.

Associated With

She was a first cousin four times removed of Benjamin Franklin.