Williamina Fleming

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Birthday
15, 1857
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
May 21, 1911 (54)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
15, 1857
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
May 21, 1911 (54)

About

Scottish astronomer remembered for having developed a workable system for cataloging stars under the tutelage of renowned astronomer Edward Charles Pickering. In 1888, she discovered the Horsehead Nebula.

Before Fame

She worked as the maid for Edward Charles Pickering, which proved to be her gateway into astronomy.

Trivia

In 1906, she became the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Family Life

She married accountant James Orr Fleming, with whom she had a son, in May 1877.

Associated With

Her research laid the groundwork for the work of American astronomer Annie Cannon.