Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

1900 - 1979

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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 715,634 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is the 90th most popular astronomer (up from 108th in 2019), the 871st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,047th in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Astronomer.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is most famous for being the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. Her dissertation was on the composition of the stars, and she was able to show that they were composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.

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Among astronomers, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 90 out of 532Before her are Johann Elert Bode, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander, Johann Adam Schall von Bell, Vera Rubin, and Victor Ambartsumian. After her are Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Robert Luther, Henry Norris Russell, Edward Emerson Barnard, Varāhamihira, and Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc.

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Among people born in 1900, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 55Before her are Katina Paxinou, Aaron Copland, Kiyoo Kanda, Nathalie Sarraute, Yves Tanguy, and Theodosius Dobzhansky. After her are Jiro Miyake, Robert Siodmak, Maurice Thorez, Pedro Cea, Raphael Lemkin, and Gilbert Ryle. Among people deceased in 1979, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 38Before her are Mary Pickford, Jean Seberg, Robert Burns Woodward, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Peggy Guggenheim, and Edvard Kardelj. After her are Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth, Feodor Lynen, Pier Luigi Nervi, Giulio Natta, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Nicholas Ray.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 871 out of 6,924Before her are Norman Angell (1872), Bill Shankly (1913), Alexander II of Scotland (1198), Peter Benenson (1921), Francis Hutcheson (1694), and H. H. Asquith (1852). After her are Julie Walters (1950), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), Frederick Fleet (1887), Bernard Hill (1944), Alan Watts (1915), and John Dryden (1631).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin ranks 13Before her are William Lassell (1799), Martin Ryle (1918), Antony Hewish (1924), Stephen Gray (1666), John Flamsteed (1646), and George Darwin (1845). After her are George Biddell Airy (1801), William Huggins (1824), Margaret Burbidge (1919), John Russell Hind (1823), Adelard of Bath (1075), and William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800).