Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer

Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer

by Beatrice Gormley
     
 

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In the mid-1800s, a turbulent time when women were often thought to be unworthy of higher education, Maria Mitchell rose above the prejudices of the day to become America's first professional woman astronomer. This exciting biography tells the story of Maria Mitchell's life, her amazing achievements, and her faith that saw God's handiwork in the heavens.

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In the mid-1800s, a turbulent time when women were often thought to be unworthy of higher education, Maria Mitchell rose above the prejudices of the day to become America's first professional woman astronomer. This exciting biography tells the story of Maria Mitchell's life, her amazing achievements, and her faith that saw God's handiwork in the heavens.

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Children's Literature
It is fascinating to read the life story of a woman born in the mid 19th century who overcame incredible odds. Maria Mitchell became the first professional female astronomer in the United States. It was not a total fluke that Maria became an astronomer. Maria had the good fortune to be born of rather liberal Quaker parents in Nantucket during its heyday. Her father had a great interest in astronomy. He dedicated much of his life to sharing his knowledge and love of astronomy with many people, including his own children. The whaling industry was an important part of the economy in Nantucket. One of the ways Maria's father supported his family was to adjust the chronometers that sailors used to guide their ships. By the time she was a young teenager Maria could make these adjustments herself. She went on to become a world famous astronomer at a time when women were considered too weak for any level of sophisticated intellectual activity. She had a very distinguished career as a professor at Vassar College. In addition, she was dedicated to advancing the rights of women as well as training future astronomers. She is also remembered for her discovery of a comet for which she received world recognition and a gold medal in 1847. 2004 (orig. 1995), Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 up.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9With a smoothly flowing and lively style, this biography introduces readers to the 19th-century astronomer. Well-chosen, primary-source quotations and quality black-and-white photos add authenticity to the text, and contribute greatly to the author's objective and comprehensive description of Mitchell's accomplishments. This is not a straightforward chronological biography. The first chapter sets the stage, describing Mitchell's native Nantucket; comments about her as a adult; and fills in facts about her childhood. Gormley then goes on to describe her subject's later life and career. A 16-page centerfold features black-and-white photos of Mitchell, her friends, family, and colleagues. Students who are researching women scientists, 19th-century astronomers, or the education and enlightenment of women will find this biography helpful.Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802852649
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
137
Sales rank:
413,740
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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