LADIES OF THE NIGHT BY ANN BONELL

 

We were treated to a talk on Friday the 19th March by Dr Ann Bonell telling us about the women astronomers throughout history.

She started with Hypatia who was a mathematician and scholar who lived in the predominately Greek city of Alexandria in northern Egypt. She was born at some point in the late fourth century AD, during a time when Egypt was ruled by the Roman Empire. Can we call her the first female astronomer?

Also, women such as Sofia Brahe, a Danish noblewoman, who worked alongside brother Tycho Brahe. She was involved in making astronomical observations.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell who is a radio astronomer working on pulsars.  She became President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004.

We all know of William Herschel.  His sister Caroline Herschel worked with him throughout her career and was responsible for the discovery of several comets one of whom is named after her – 35P/Herschel-Rigollet.

The list was endless and I would like to direct the reader to Wikipedia to find a list of women astronomers.

The talk prompted several questions and a discussion followed as Ann answered them.  She was well received and we thanked her for her informative talk.

Indeed, I have had emails thanking me for booking her and I have passed on our thanks for a great talk.

Marilyn Bentley

Chairperson