Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell, an American astronomer, was born Aug. 1, 1818, in Nantucket. Mitchell was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States and a role model for generations of aspiring women scientists. She was trained by her father, a school-teacher, and had the extreme good fortune to discover a comet in 1847. Not only was she the first to see the comet, she also had the mathematical skill to calculate its orbit…

Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Once in a Lifetime Event

Total Eclipse of the Sun: A Once in a Lifetime Event

We have reached our seating capacity for this event, but you can watch a live stream at https://livestream.com/lindahall/SolarEclipse or on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Linda.Hall.Library.

Stanislaw Lubieniecki

Stanislaw Lubieniecki, a Polish astronomer, died May 18, 1675, at the age of 51. Stanislaw’s hometown of Rakow (Racovia in Latin) was a hotbed of Socinianism—an essentially Unitarian sect. The Racovian Academy, a Socinian school, attracted students from all over...

Ulugh Beg

Ulugh Beg, a Mongol ruler and astronomer, died Oct. 27, 1449, at age 55. Ulugh Beg built a research institute (madrasah) and an observatory in Samarkand, in what is now Uzbekistan. The observatory, which was completed about 1429, had several massive instruments,...