Swope, Henrietta Hill, 1902-1982.

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Astronomer (Barnard College, A.B., 1926; Radcliffe, A.M., 1928), Swope worked at the Harvard Observatory, 1928-1942, was a member of the 1936 expedition to study the solar eclipse in Soviet Central Asia, a staff member of the MIT Radiation Laboratory, a mathematician in the Hydrographic Office of the U.S. Navy during WWII, a teacher of astronomy at Barnard, 1947-1952, and an assistant, then research fellow, at the Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories in California, 1952-1968. Swope did research on photometry and variable stars, and developed a new yardstick for measuring the universe, using the brightness of stars to measure distance.

From the description of Papers, 1917-1982 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122471085

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creatorOf Papers, 1917-1982 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Papers, 1906-2005 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Frye, Roberta Kirk. Diary transcription, 1983. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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associatedWith Baade, Walter, 1893-1960. person
associatedWith Barnard College. corporateBody
associatedWith Ben-Gurion, David, 1886-1973. person
associatedWith Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983. person
associatedWith Boyd, Constance. person
associatedWith Burbridge, Eleanor Margaret. person
associatedWith Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941. person
associatedWith Frye, Roberta Kirk. person
associatedWith Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena Payne, 1900-1979. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Margaret, 1871-1969. person
associatedWith Harvard College Observatory. corporateBody
associatedWith Harwood, Margaret, 1885-1979. person
associatedWith Hoffleit, Dorrit. person
associatedWith McGuire, Dorothy, 1919- person
associatedWith Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. corporateBody
associatedWith Plaut, Lucas. person
associatedWith Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith Swope, David. person
associatedWith Swope, Gerard, 1872-1957. person
associatedWith Swope, Gerard, 1905- person
associatedWith Swope, John. person
associatedWith Swope, Mary Hill. person
associatedWith Tekhniyon, Makhon ṭekhnologi le-Yiśraʼel. corporateBody
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Solar eclipses
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Women in science
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Birth 1902

Death 1982

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