Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872

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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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creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Miscellaneous letters, 1832-1870. American Institute of Physics
creatorOf Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. Autograph Collection of Alexander Irvine. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. Papers, 1834-1959 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Henry Adams autograph album, 1833-1939. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Letter, 1834. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn W. H. (William Henry) Smyth correspondence, 1820-1864, 1820-1864 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. Letters and papers of Sir John Herschel, 1820-1870 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Correspondence, 1829-1869. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Collection, 1800s, 1997-1999. Iowa State University, Parks Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Scientists Collection, 1563-1973 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Papers, [ca. 1781-ca. 1877]. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Dimsdale, Joseph. Collection, 1725-1849 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Papers, 1806-1872. American Institute of Physics
referencedIn Bell, Susan G. An annotated bibliography of British women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 : research and reference materials, 1986-1998. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sotheby, William, 1757-1833. Letters to William Sotheby, 1813-1833. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Dimsdale, Joseph, b. 1781. Joseph Dimsdale collection, 1725-1849 (inclusive) University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Susan Groag Bell's, An Annotated bibliography of British Women's autobiographies, 1790-1950 :, research and reference materials, 1986-1998 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Mary Somerville letter to Brown, 1844. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865. Correspondence, 1820-1864. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Papers, 1834-1959 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Somerville, Mary, 1780-1872. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Mary Somerville papers, [ca. 1781-ca. 1877], Circa 1781-1877 American Philosophical Society
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associatedWith Adams, Henry, 1838-1918 person
associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871. person
associatedWith Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820 person
associatedWith Bell, Susan G. person
associatedWith Bell, Susan Groag person
associatedWith Cooper, Thomas, 1759-1839 person
associatedWith Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Cuvier, Georges, Baron, 1769-1832 person
associatedWith Darlington, William, 1782-1863 person
associatedWith Dibner, Bern, person
associatedWith Dimsdale, Joseph person
associatedWith Dimsdale, Joseph, b. 1781. person
associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
associatedWith Fitch, John person
associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Greig, Woronzow person
associatedWith Greig, Woronzow. person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER, 1830-1908 person
associatedWith Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. person
associatedWith Hershel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. person
associatedWith Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue, 1830-1908. person
associatedWith Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves, marquis de, 1757-1834 person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Lubbock, J. W. (John William), 1803-1865. person
associatedWith Lubbock, J. W. (John William), Sir, 1803-1865. person
associatedWith Lyell, Charles, Sir, 1797-1875. person
associatedWith Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876. person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers, person
associatedWith Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers, family
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813 person
associatedWith Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864 person
associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
associatedWith Smyth, W. H. (William Henry), 1788-1865. person
associatedWith Somerville, Martha C. person
associatedWith Somerville, Martha C. person
associatedWith Somerville, William, 1771-1860. person
associatedWith Sotheby, William, 1757-1833. person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Stevens, Henry person
associatedWith Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
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Great Britain
Halley's comet.
Great Britain
England
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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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Birth 1780-12-26

Death 1872-11-28

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