Whitney, Mary Watson, 1847-1921

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Mary Watson Whitney (b. Sept. 11, 1847, Waltham, MA-d. Jan. 21, 1921, Waltham, MA) graduated from Vassar College in 1868 and received her masters there in 1872. There she met astronomer Maria Mitchell. Whitney became an assistant of Maria Mitchell and, in 1888, became a professor and the director of the observatory there until she retired in 1915. Whitney was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a charter member of the Astronomical and Astrophysical Society. Whitney also believed that science provided strong career opportunities for women.
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referencedIn Furness, Caroline Ellen, 1869-1936. Caroline Furness papers, 1887-1928. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Furness, Caroline Ellen, 1869-1936. Papers, 1887-1928. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1906-2005 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889. Papers, 1853-1974, 1853-1889 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889. Maria Mitchell Papers, 1853-2007, 1853-1889 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Burroughs, John, 1837-1921. John Burroughs papers, 1850-1991, 1860-1921 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Maria Mitchell Papers, 1853-2007, (bulk 1853-1889) Vassar College
referencedIn Vassar College. Autograph file: S-Z, [ca. 1800]-1983. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Vassar College. Astronomy Dept. Records, 1888-1936. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Vassar College. Dept. of Astronomy. Vassar College Astronomy Department records, 1888-1936. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith Dorrit Hoffleit person
associatedWith Furness, Caroline Ellen, 1869-1936. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889 person
associatedWith Mitchell, Maria, 1818-1889. person
associatedWith Peirce, Benjamin, 1809-1880 person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Waltham MA US
Waltham MA US
Subject
Variable stars
Astronomy
Double stars
Asteroids
Comets
Occupation
Astronomers
College teachers
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Birth 1847-09-11

Death 1921-01-20

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