Maria Mitchell was an American astronomer, librarian, naturalist, and educator. In 1847, she discovered a comet named 1847 VI 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. Mitchell was the first internationally known woman to work as both a professional astronomer and a professor of astronomy after accepting a position at Vassar College in 1865. She was also the first woman elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Maria Mitchell Quotes
I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
We especially need imagination in science.
That knowledge which is popular is not scientific.
I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars, and already begin to have a new enjoyment.
The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power!
The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power! We reach forth and strain every nerve, but we seize only a bit of the curtain that hides the infinite from us.
Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.