Some History of gURLs in Space


Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)

First professional woman astronomer in US, and first woman to gain membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1848. Mitchell is noted for her discovery that sunspots are whirling vertical cavities and not, as previously thought, clouds.

Mitchell was also named Director of Vassar College Observatory. After teaching there for some time, she learned that many younger male professors had larger salaries, despite her reputation and experience.  When she insisted on a salary increase, she got it.

“We especially need imagination in science. Question everything.”

“Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”

“Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.”