Henrietta Swan Leavitt

1868 - 1921

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Henrietta Swan Leavitt (; July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer. Her discovery of how to effectively measure vast distances to remote galaxies led to a shift in the scale and understanding of the scale and the nature of the universe. Nomination of Leavitt for the Nobel Prize had to be halted because of her death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henrietta Swan Leavitt has received more than 704,211 page views. Her biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Henrietta Swan Leavitt is the 60th most popular astronomer (down from 44th in 2019), the 863rd most popular biography from United States (down from 692nd in 2019) and the 9th 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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Over the past year Henrietta Swan Leavitt has had the most page views in the with 91,389 views, followed by Spanish (17,178), and French (9,889). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Mingrelian (272.40%), Icelandic (84.23%), and Irish (72.85%)


Among astronomers, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 60 out of 644Before her are Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, William Alfred Fowler, Max Wolf, Johann Bayer, Antony Hewish, and Pieter van Musschenbroek. After her are Johann Franz Encke, Simon Marius, Asaph Hall, Pierre Méchain, Albert Marth, and Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve.

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Among people born in 1868, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 30Before her are Dietrich Eckart, August Horch, Felix Hoffmann, Vittorio Monti, Edmond Rostand, and Scott Joplin. After her are Charles Maurras, Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Josephine Bakhita, Myrtle Corbin, Stefan George, and La Belle Otero. Among people deceased in 1921, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 16Before her are Talaat Pasha, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Nicholas I of Montenegro, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, John Boyd Dunlop, and Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil. After her are Alexander Blok, Matthias Erzberger, Ignác Goldziher, William II of Württemberg, Eugen Dühring, and Mykola Leontovych.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 863 out of 20,380Before her are Harriet Tubman (1820), Benedict Arnold (1741), Robert Ludlum (1927), Aaron T. Beck (1921), Anne Sullivan (1866), and Susan B. Anthony (1820). After her are Thomas Harris (1940), Neal Cassady (1926), Theodore Schultz (1902), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), John Sherman (1823), and Oliver E. Williamson (1932).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 9Before her are Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), Vera Rubin (1928), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), and William Alfred Fowler (1911). After her are Asaph Hall (1829), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Percival Lowell (1855), Lewis A. Swift (1820), and Edward Emerson Barnard (1857).