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Cannon, Annie Jump

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1941 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Astronomers


1863 - Annie Jump Cannon was born on the 11th of December.


1880 - Studied at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, one of the top academic schools for women in the U.S.


1884 - Graduated with a degree in physics and returned home.


1893 - She wrote to her former instructor at Wellesley, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Sarah Frances Whiting, to see if there was a job opening.


1894 - Returned to Wellesley for graduate study in physics and astronomy.


1896 - Hired as Edward C. Pickering's assistant at the Harvard observatory.


1907 - She had received an M.A. from Wellesley.


1925 - Awarded honorary doctorate from Oxford University, England, the first woman ever to be so honored.


1929 - The National League of Women Voters listed her as one of the 12 "greatest living American women".


1931 - Received the Henry Draper Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.


1932 - Recipient of the Ellen Richards Prize.


       - First woman elected an officer of the American Astronomical Society.


1938 - Named the William Cranch Bond Astronomer at Harvard.


1941 - Died on the 13th of April.


The Cannon crater on the Moon is named after her.



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