Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon was born on December 11, 1863 in Dover Delaware. A renowned astronomer, known for creating the system that to this day, we use to classify stars. Throughout her career, she was given many awards and honors such as being the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate at Oxford University, the Henry Draper Medal, have a lunar crater and asteroid named after her, and many more. She also had an award named in her honor - the Annie Jump Cannon Award- which the American Astronomical Society gives out every year to the best woman astronomer. She gradually lost her hearing until she was profoundly deaf, but could read peoples’ lips.

In a time when few women attended college, she attended several, such as Wesley College, Radcliffe College, and Wellesley College, one of the top schools for women in America. Due to the relationship and close proximity to Radcliffe College, she had access the Harvard College Observatory and was hired as an assistant at the Observatory. She finished her studies and received her masters. She Identified more than half a million stars in the galaxy and could classify 3 stars a minute just by looking at the spectral patterns. Her work was extremely accurate.

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