Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections / Edition 2

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin became acclaimed in her lifetime as the greatest woman astronomer of all time. Her own story of her professional life, work and scientific achievements is augmented by the personal recollections of her daughter, Katherine Haramundanis, as well as a scientific appreciation by Jesse Greenstein, a historical essay by Peggy Kidwell and, in this new edition, an introduction by Virginia Trimble. Payne-Gaposchkin's overwhelming love for astronomy was her personal guiding light, and her attitude and approach have lessons for all. She received many prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions to science and in 1956 became the first woman to be advanced to the rank of Professor at Harvard University, as well as being the first woman head of department. This book will interest both astronomers and those studying the advancement of the position and status of women in society.
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"...a very welcome addition to any library....A must read for all astronomy enthusiasts and students, and highly recommended for all woman interested in science." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521482516
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: an introduction vii
An introduction to 'The dyer's hand' 1
An historical introduction to 'The dyer's hand' 11
A personal recollection 39
The dyer's hand: an autobiography
Dedication 70
Foreword 71
Part I The Vision Splendid 75
1 Backgrounds 77
2 Beginnings 84
3 Prelude to education 90
4 Birth of a dream 96
5 Dramatic interlude 104
6 The dream fulfilled 108
7 Pathway to the stars 112
Part II The Light of Common Day 127
8 England and the United States 129
9 Harvard College Observatory 137
10 The cradle of astrophysics 144
11 Harlow Shapley 154
12 Stellar atmospheres 159
13 Spectra and luminosities 167
14 Editorial experiences 173
15 Visiting astronomers 177
16 At the cross roads 182
Part III The Dyer's Hand Subdued 187
17 Turning point 189
18 Prolegomena to variable stars 198
19 International problems 203
20 End of an era 207
21 Retrospect 213
Part IV Reflections 217
22 On being a woman 219
23 Science and myth 228
24 Worlds not realized 234
Bibliography of works by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin 239
Postlude 256
Index 259
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