Women have a long history in astronomy. Their work has helped to shape what we know about the solar system, Milky Way and other distant galaxies. What is less known are the fascinating stories that informed their life and work. Spend a day learning about the contribution that women have made to astronomy over centuries.
Beginning with Hypatia (c. 355–415 CE) in Alexandria, Egypt, through Caroline Herschel in Germany and England in the 18th Century to Maggie Aderin-Pocock in UK in the present day, this day school charts the course of female astronomers’ lives while exploring the specific challenges that they faced in their careers. Many of their stories were obscured or hidden despite their impressive contributions, in part because of the roles they were restricted to during particular periods in history.
Working with biographical, scientific and secondary sources, this day highlights the importance of recognising the scientific impact that women astronomers have made while also paying attention to the difficulties that they still face. There have only been, for example, four female Nobel laureates in physics to date. ‘Women in Astronomy’ traces the strategies that women have used to thrive in what have been hostile working environments.
From the poetry of Rebecca Elson to the music of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, this event aims to inspire by showing how cultivating 'a responsibility to awe' can lead to the development of life-changing passions and skills. The day will also feature a present-day astronomer who will share her current research and life's journey.
Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 4 October 2023.