Maria Mitchell

mariamitchell house plaquesmall “Study as if you were going to live forever, live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”–wise words from Maria Mitchell, the pioneering astronomer who received a gold medal prize from the king of Denmark for her discovery of a comet, known as “Miss Mitchell’s comet,” in 1847, the first of many awards and honors, including a Google doodle on 8/1/13.  I recently visited Mitchell’s home on Nantucket, MA, her birthplace and home until she was became a professor of astronomy at Vassar College in 1865. (Upon discovering that younger, less experienced & less prestigious male professors were paid more than she was, Mitchell demanded more pay and got it!)

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