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(1818-1889) was one of the first famous female astronomers. She was
born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and went to private schools in her life.
Her love for astronomy began when her father began maintaining a small
observatory. The accomplishment that brought her international recognizition
was when she discovered a telescopic comet in October of 1847. The
year after she became the first women elected at the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences. Afterwards she became professor of astronomy at Vassar
College in 1865 and stayed there until she retired in 1888.
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