Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872

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Birth 1780-12-26
Death 1872-11-28
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English

Biographical notes:

Mary Somerville was a Scottish astronomer and physicist.

From the description of Letter, 1834. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007445

Mary Somerville (born Mary Fairfax) was born on December 26, 1780 in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland. Somerville became interested in mathematics as a teenager. Somerville's first major work was a translation of the mathematician Laplace's book Mécanique Céleste. She included in the translation detailed explanations of the advanced mathematics used by Laplace. One of her most famous books, Physical Geography, was published in 1848 and was used in schools and universities for many years.

From the description of Collection, 1800s, 1997-1999. (Iowa State University). WorldCat record id: 769016679

Mary Somerville was a writer on various branches of science, including astronomy and physical geography.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1781-ca. 1877]. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122616125

From the guide to the Mary Somerville papers, [ca. 1781-ca. 1877], Circa 1781-1877, (American Philosophical Society)

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Subjects:

  • Women scientists--19th century
  • Astronomy
  • Halley's comet
  • Women scientists
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Women in science
  • Science--Great Britain
  • Light--Physiological effect
  • Physical geography
  • Mathematicians--19th century
  • Physics
  • Women scientists--Germany

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  • Science writers--Biography

Places:

  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • Halley's comet. (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)