Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of Maria Mitchell who discovered a comet in 1847.  An American, Maria was awarded a medal by King Frederick VI of Denmark who established a prize for each discoverer of a “telescopic comet” that could not be seen by the naked eye.  
Maria was the first female member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 1865 she became Vassar College’s first professor of astronomy and director of the Vassar College Observatory.  Despite her fame, Maria was initially paid less than many younger male professors, but she insisted on pay equity and received a raise.  
Maria was an abolitionist and refused to wear cotton because it was harvested by enslaved people.  She was also an advocate for woman’s rights and counted Elizabeth Cady Stanton among her friends.
Maria’s family home on Nantucket is now a museum.  

Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of Maria Mitchell who discovered a comet in 1847.  An American, Maria was awarded a medal by King Frederick VI of Denmark who established a prize for each discoverer of a “telescopic comet” that could not be seen by the naked eye.  

Maria was the first female member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 1865 she became Vassar College’s first professor of astronomy and director of the Vassar College Observatory.  Despite her fame, Maria was initially paid less than many younger male professors, but she insisted on pay equity and received a raise.  

Maria was an abolitionist and refused to wear cotton because it was harvested by enslaved people.  She was also an advocate for woman’s rights and counted Elizabeth Cady Stanton among her friends.

Maria’s family home on Nantucket is now a museum.