Maria Mitchell was the first American woman who made a mark as a professional astronomer. Mitchell had shown great interest in space science right from an early age and used to learn anatomy and mathematics from her father. In the year 1847, Mitchell discovered a comet which later named ‘Miss Mitchell’s Comet’. It was after the discovery of this comet that Mitchell got wider recognition from other astronomers. She also earned a gold medal from the King of Denmark, King Fredrick VI. Later in 1848, Mitchell became the first women to be elected as an honorary member of the ‘American Academy of Arts and Science’. After the sad demise of her mother in 1861, she with her father moved to Lynn where she joined ‘Vassar College’. She was the first faculty to join. Despite the experience and reputation she had earned over the years, she realized that her salary was not at par with her male colleagues. She worked towards removing the disparity and successfully accomplished it. Mitchell’s quotes on books, science, space, astronomy and observation are sure to mesmerize you and leave you wondering. Follow the interesting facts, quotes and thoughts by Maria Mitchell.
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.