Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer

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This biography illustrates the accomplishments of a woman who developed a system of classifying stars and who-to this day-holds the record for identifying more stars than anyone else in the world. In 1925, Annie Jump Cannon became the first woman to be honored by Oxford University with a doctor of science degree. In addition to noting the achievements of the astronomer and her contributions to science, the book details Cannon's work and system of ranking stars by heat.

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Overview

This biography illustrates the accomplishments of a woman who developed a system of classifying stars and who-to this day-holds the record for identifying more stars than anyone else in the world. In 1925, Annie Jump Cannon became the first woman to be honored by Oxford University with a doctor of science degree. In addition to noting the achievements of the astronomer and her contributions to science, the book details Cannon's work and system of ranking stars by heat.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—This inspiring picture-book biography of a trailblazer in the field presents insight into the challenges of women interested in science during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Cannon was born in 1863 and as a young girl her mother nurtured her interest in the night sky by taking her to the rooftop of their home to observe stars and match them to star charts. When her father learned that Wellesley College was the only women's college offering physics classes, he enrolled her. She graduated with a degree in physics and had a successful career in astronomy. While working at Harvard Observatory, she developed a system to classify a star's light, and her Harvard Spectral Classification System is still used. The realistic illustrations capture the time period and complement the text. They're scientifically accurate, including a physics equation on the professor's chalkboard. Some of the pictures have helpful labels to inform readers that the building is Harvard Observatory, the man is Edward Pickering, or to make a scientific explanation understandable. A solid resource for Women's History Month, this title will be a welcome addition to collections looking for biographies of women, scientists, or people who overcame adversity.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809116
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 984,898
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Poet and author Carole Gerber has written fifteen picture books and more than one hundred elementary science and reading texts. She holds a BS in English education and an MA in journalism from Ohio State University. When she is not writing, Gerber enjoys gardening, traveling, and practicing yoga. She lives in Powell, Ohio.

Christina Wald specializes in illustration and toy, giftware, and product design. Some of her clients include Scholastic and Hasbro, Inc. Wald graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a BS in industrial design. She is the illustrator of Pelican's Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer and Why the Possum Has a Large Grin. Wald lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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