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Henrietta Swan Leavitt

1868 - 1921

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt (; July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a "computer", tasked with examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightness of stars. This work led her to discover the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variables. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henrietta Swan Leavitt has received more than 424,023 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Henrietta Swan Leavitt is the 63rd most popular astronomer, the 953rd most popular biography from United States (up from 955th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Astronomer.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt was a Harvard astronomer and mathematician who discovered the relationship between the luminosity of stars and their distance from Earth.

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Among ASTRONOMERS

Among astronomers, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 63 out of 532. Before her are Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Martin Ryle, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, Antony Hewish, Gerard Kuiper, and William Alfred Fowler. After her are Girolamo Fracastoro, Pierre Janssen, Pieter van Musschenbroek, Stephen Gray, John Flamsteed, and George Darwin.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1868, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 34Before her are Huo Yuanjia, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, August Horch, Eleanor H. Porter, James Brendan Connolly, and Stefan George. After her are Charles Maurras, Josephine Bakhita, Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, Émile Bernard, La Belle Otero, and Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild. Among people deceased in 1921, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 17Before her are Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Alfred Hermann Fried, Antoni Grabowski, Nicholas I of Montenegro, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, and Alexander Blok. After her are Julius Richard Petri, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, Eugen Dühring, Hermann Schwarz, `Abdu'l-Bahá, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 953 out of 15,968. Before her are Jack Kirby (1917), James Cronin (1931), James Rainwater (1917), Harry Markowitz (1927), David Hasselhoff (1952), and Ronald Dworkin (1931). After her are Billy Bob Thornton (1955), Edward Mills Purcell (1912), Walter Lippmann (1889), Richard Rorty (1931), Jean Seberg (1938), and Robin Cook (1940).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 10Before her are Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Asaph Hall (1829), Percival Lowell (1855), and William Alfred Fowler (1911). After her are Lewis A. Swift (1820), J. Allen Hynek (1910), Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. (1941), Vera Rubin (1928), Henry Norris Russell (1877), and Edward Emerson Barnard (1857).