Maria Mitchell

1818 - 1889

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Maria Mitchell (/məˈraɪə/; August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, librarian, naturalist, and educator. In 1847, she discovered a comet named 1847 VI (modern designation C/1847 T1) that was later known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in her honor. She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Christian VIII of Denmark in 1848. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maria Mitchell has received more than 326,488 page views. Her biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Maria Mitchell is the 138th most popular astronomer (up from 161st in 2019), the 2,007th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,272nd in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Maria Mitchell ranks 138 out of 532Before her are Arthur Auwers, Vesto Slipher, Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji, Ernst Öpik, N. R. Pogson, and Maslama al-Majriti. After her are William Henry Pickering, Guillaume Bigourdan, Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, Abu-Mahmud Khojandi, Johann Daniel Titius, and Peter Andreas Hansen.

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Among people born in 1818, Maria Mitchell ranks 38Before her are Heinrich Göbel, Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Francesco Crispi, Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin. After her are Emil du Bois-Reymond, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, P. G. T. Beauregard, Antonio Bazzini, Louis Gerhard De Geer, and Franciscus Donders. Among people deceased in 1889, Maria Mitchell ranks 25Before her are John Ericsson, Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Elvira Madigan, and Jules Dupré. After her are Ion Creangă, Princess Eugénie of Sweden, Ignacy Domeyko, Gaston Planté, Ybyrai Altynsarin, and Viktor Bunyakovsky.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Maria Mitchell ranks 2,007 out of 15,968Before her are Upton Sinclair (1878), Robert C. Merton (1944), Dyanne Thorne (1936), Peter Agre (1949), Don Taylor (1920), and Mahalia Jackson (1911). After her are Eva Mendes (1974), Justin Timberlake (1981), William Henry Pickering (1858), Samuel Adams (1722), Bill Finger (1914), and Donald J. Cram (1919).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Maria Mitchell ranks 24Before her are Annie Jump Cannon (1863), Frank Drake (1930), Harlow Shapley (1885), James Van Allen (1914), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), and Vesto Slipher (1875). After her are William Henry Pickering (1858), Henry Draper (1837), George Phillips Bond (1825), Robert Grant Aitken (1864), Heber Doust Curtis (1872), and Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928).