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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Henrietta Swan Leavitt Biography Discoveries Notable Quotes Professional/Academic Associations Eduacation Friends/Co-Workers Things named after her: Born: July 4, 1868Died: December 12, 1921 Work Resume The asteroid 5383 Leavitt and the crater Leavitt on the Moon are named after her to honor deaf men and women who have worked as astronomers. She attended Oberlin College, and graduated from Radcliffe College, with a bachelor's degree in 1892. She studied abroad curriculum including classical Greek, fine arts, philosophy, analytic geometry and calculus. It wasn't until her fourth year of college thatLeavitt took a course in astronomy, in which she earned an A. Discovered the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables. Leavitt started working at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer" in 1893, examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightnessof stars. She found Cepheid variables with greater intrinsic luminosity did have longerperiods, and that the relationship was quite close and predictable. Her discovery isknown as the "period-luminosity relationship". "The discovery of variable stars, has progressed so rapidly during the last fiveyears, that the difficulty of keeping pace in observing and discussing them has become very great." ("Ten Variable Stars of the Algol Type") double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge University Edward Charles Pickering- Boss at HarvardAnnie Jump Cannon, Williamina Fleming and Antonia Maury- other women Human Computers
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