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Annie Jump Cannon: 5 Things To Know About Female Astronomer

Thu, December 11, 2014 6:13pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Famous Female astronomer, Annie Jumper Cannon — who created The Harvard Classification System — was honored as the Google Doodle on Dec. 11, and HollywoodLife.com has rounded up 5 facts that you must know about the famed female scientist!

Annie Jumper Cannon, who would have been 151-years-old, was honored on Dec. 11, as the Google Doodle. The famous astronomer was best known for creating The Harvard Classification System — a system that classifies stars based on their stellar spectra. Click below to find out five must-know facts!

Annie Jump Cannon Facts — What You Need To Know

1. Annie was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Oxford University

Annie received the honorary degree as a Doctor of Science, according to Time. The Wellesley graduate was also the first woman to be awarded the National Academy of Sciences’s Henry Draper medal for research in astronomical physics.

2. Annie was nearly deaf throughout her amazing career

Before graduating in 1884, she came down with a case of scarlet fever so severe that it caused her to lose almost all of her hearing. According to SheIsAnAstronomer, the hearing loss made it difficult for her to socialize — however, she was able to make it Europe to photograph the 1892 solar eclipse.

3. Mary Jump, Annie’s mother encouraged her love of the stars

Mary Jump was definitely supportive of her daughters dreams. Mary was actually the one who taught Annie about the constellations and encouraged her to pursue her love of science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, according to Heavy.

4. Mary’s death encouraged Annie to leave home

The site reports that after Mary’s passing, she wanted to get away from home. Before her mother’s death she reportedly wrote in her journal, “I am sometimes very dissatisfied with my life here. I do want to accomplish something, so badly. There are so many things that I could do if I only had the money. And when I think that I might be teaching and making money, and still all the time improving myself it makes me feel unhappy and as if I were not doing all that I can.”

5. The American Astronomical Society gives out an award in Annie’s honor every year

Every year an award is given out in Annie’s honor according to the AAS. “The Annie Jump Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher. It is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award.” The award has been given out since 1934, seven years before she passed away.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did you know all of the facts about Annie? Let us know below!

— Caitlin Beck

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