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Cannon, Annie Jump

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1941 AD
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.