Maria Mitchell

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Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, who in 1847, by using a telescope, discovered a comet which as a result became known as the "Miss Mitchell's Comet". She won a gold medal prize for her discovery which was presented to her by King Frederick VII of Denmark. The medal said “Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars”. Mitchell was ... more »

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  • ''I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.''
    Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), U.S. astronomer. Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals, entry for July 1873 (1896).
  • ''Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.''
    Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), U.S. astronomer. Quoted as inscription on her bust in the Hall of Fame (1905).
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