Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: astronomer extraordinaire

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Abstract:

A review of a life of unusual achievement, prepared by Patrick A Wayman.

I present here a review of the career of one of the 20th century’s most important astronomers, who succeeded in working at the forefront of astrophysics. It is also a story of persistence against the odds, whether they were low expectations of women or academic infighting. The story has resonance for those beginning careers today, in a very different academic environment. It also provides an overview of the development of the astrophysics of stellar composition over a long and fruitful career.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-4004.2002.43127.x

Publication date: February 1, 2002

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