Mary Clerke was a famous astronomer known for her numerous published works. This wonderful lady was born in Ireland on February 10, 1842. She died in London on January 20, 1907. At the very beginning of her life she showed a fasination for astronomy. At age 13 she began to write about the history of astronomy. In 1861, her family moved to Dublin, Ireland.
Several years later she went to Italy where she stayed until 1877. She then settled in London. In October of 1877 she published her first article about astronomy, "Copernicus in Italy." The article was published in the "Edinburgh Review." This article had a very big impact on Mary's life because many people enjoyed the article and that encouraged her to write more. This article is what she is best known for.
In Cape Cod, Mary spent three years at an observatory as the guest of a director so she could learn more about astronomy. There she became sufficiently familiar with spectroscopic work which enabled her to write about this new branch of science.
Some of her works, all published in London, include,"A Popular History of Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century";"The System of The Stars";"The Herschels and Modern Astronomy"; "The Concise Knowledge Astronomy"; "Problems in Astrophysics" and "Modern Cosmogonies." Her numerous contributions to the field of astronomy is why she is considered a great astronomer and woman.
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