Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

1900 - 1979

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin (née Payne; (1900-05-10)May 10, 1900 – (1979-12-07)December 7, 1979) was a British-born American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed in her 1925 doctoral thesis that stars were composed primarily of hydrogen and helium. Her groundbreaking conclusion was initially rejected because it contradicted the scientific wisdom of the time, which held that there were no significant elemental differences between the Sun and Earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin has received more than 573,721 page views. Her biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 107th most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 108 out of 495Before her are Abu Hanifa Dinawari, William Huggins, Walter Sydney Adams, James Van Allen, Wilhelm Tempel, and John Louis Emil Dreyer. After her are Tom Gehrels, Frank Drake, Adelard of Bath, Hermann Goldschmidt, Edward Charles Pickering, and Robert Luther.

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Among people born in 1900, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 62Before her are Robert Siodmak, Ernst Krenek, Werner Haase, Jiro Miyake, William Heinesen, and Ignazio Silone. After her are Raphael Lemkin, Rudolf Diels, Helen Hayes, Mahavatar Babaji, George Uhlenbeck, and Joseph Needham. Among people deceased in 1979, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 50Before her are Nicholas Ray, Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Mamie Eisenhower, Wilfred Bion, Alfredo Ottaviani, and Stein Rokkan. After her are Konstantin Simonov, Elizabeth Bishop, Dimitri Tiomkin, Friedrich Ebert Jr., Gio Ponti, and Otto Robert Frisch.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 1,047 out of 5,347Before her are Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (1848), William the Lion (1142), Bob Hope (1903), James Murray (1837), Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (1287), and Catherine Ashton (1956). After her are Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784), Denis Thatcher (1915), Eric Idle (1943), Simon Cowell (1959), Robert Fludd (1574), and Edmund Leighton (1852).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 15Before her are George Darwin (1845), John Flamsteed (1646), Stephen Gray (1666), George Biddell Airy (1801), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), and William Huggins (1824). After her are Adelard of Bath (1075), John Russell Hind (1823), Jeremiah Horrocks (1618), N. R. Pogson (1829), Mary Somerville (1780), and Margaret Burbidge (1919).