Children's Literature - Carlee HallmanThis is the story of a remarkable person, who became the first woman astronomer in spite of the restrictions of her society. Born in Hanover, Germany in 1750, she became scarred from smallpox at the age of three. At age 10, she contracted typhus which stunted her growth to four feet three inches. Although her mother trained her to be a housemaid, at the age of 21 Caroline escaped with her brother William to his home in Bath, England, where she was expected to run his household. As a musician and composer, William gave Caroline voice lessons so she could sing with his oratorios. She proved a great success. When William took up astronomy he trained Caroline to do the laborious recording of his discoveries. He became a famous astronomer and builder of telescopes. When he was away, Caroline found time to discover and record comets and nebulae of her own. After the discovery of one comet she "leaped on horseback after her night's observations were complete and made the twenty-seven mile ride to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to report it in person…" This was on one hour's sleep and at the age of 47. In old age, she moved back to Hanover where she enjoyed musical programs and died at the age of 97. Astronomy buffs will enjoy this book.
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