Cecilia Payne-Gaposhkin

Pronouns
she/her/hers
Title
Astrophysicist
Degrees

PhD, Astronomy, Harvard University

Bio/Description

This scientist is most known for...

She discovered the composition of the stars, including our sun. If you know that the sun is made of hydrogen atoms fusing into helium, it's because of her. 

At Harvard University, Dr. Payne-Gaposchkin was the first female professor and the first woman to become department chair.

Affliated Institution(s)/Place(s) or Work: Cambridge University, Harvard University

Active Research Era: 20th century

Date of Death: December 7, 1979

Related Princeton Course: AST 203, AST 255, AST 513

Helpful Links to Work, Publications

American Physical Society article

 

Submitted by: Liz Fuller-Wright | lizfw@princeton.edu | @lizfullerwright