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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 human computer, tasked with measuring photographic plates to catalog the positions and 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 605,772 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Henrietta Swan Leavitt is the 44th most popular astronomer (up from 63rd in 2019), the 692nd most popular biography from United States (up from 952nd in 2019) and the 7th 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, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 44 out of 531Before her are Jan Oort, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Charles Greeley Abbot, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Simon Marius, and Arthur Eddington. After her are James Bradley, Asaph Hall, Fritz Zwicky, Clyde Tombaugh, Ferdinand Verbiest, and Johann Palisa.

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Among people born in 1868, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 26Before her are Paul Claudel, Theodore William Richards, Dietrich Eckart, Gustav Meyrink, Vittorio Monti, and Felix Hoffmann. After her are Edmond Rostand, Scott Joplin, August Horch, Huo Yuanjia, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse. Among people deceased in 1921, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 15Before her are John Boyd Dunlop, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Talaat Pasha, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, and Nicholas I of Montenegro. After her are Antoni Grabowski, Alexander Blok, Engelbert Humperdinck, William II of Württemberg, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, and `Abdu'l-Bahá.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 692 out of 18,182Before her are Robert Ludlum (1927), Carole Lombard (1908), Robert Altman (1925), Bill de Blasio (1961), John Irving (1942), and Joe Louis (1914). After her are Chick Corea (1941), Donald Knuth (1938), Victor Fleming (1889), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Roy Orbison (1936), and Margaret Hamilton (1936).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Henrietta Swan Leavitt ranks 7Before her are Edwin Hubble (1889), Carl Sagan (1934), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), William Alfred Fowler (1911), and Charles Greeley Abbot (1872). After her are Asaph Hall (1829), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Vera Rubin (1928), Percival Lowell (1855), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), and Lewis A. Swift (1820).