H is for Caroline Herschel – Astronomer #AtoZChallenge

H is for Caroline Herschel

++ A to Z of Notable Women in STEM ++

Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848) was a German astronomer known best for her discoveries of several comets.

Astronomer Caroline Herschel
Astronomer Caroline Herschel

Caroline came to the study of astronomy by a roundabout course. At the age of 22, she moved to England to be her brother’s housekeeper, and wound up being his assistant making and using telescopes. She became an accoplished scientist in her own right, and was the first woman to be paid a salary for her contributions to science.

At the age of 96, Caroline was awarded the King of Prussia’s Gold Medal of Science for her lifetime of accomplishments.

You can read more about her here.

See more notable women of STEM in my contribution to the April A to Z blogging challenge for 2016.

Add your own “H”-named women to the list in the comments below! Here are some others have suggested:

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer – Chemistry
Naomi Halas – Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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