Authority on mathematical astronomy
Mathematician & Astronomer. 1780-1872
Mary Somerville was the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society, alongside Caroline Herschel. On her death, she was hailed as ‘The Queen of Nineteenth Century Science’ by the London Morning Post.
Her interests were wide-ranging, and included mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, geography, microscopy, electricity and magnetism.
Somerville College, Oxford is named after her.
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