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Maria Mitchell

was born 206 years ago

1 August 1818

Maria Mitchell was the first observer to see a new telescopic comet, for which see received a Danish medal in 1847. In 1848 she became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She became the first professor of astronomy at Vassar College and was a founder of the American Association for the Advancement of Women.

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