Katherine, edward, sergei gaposchkin, and cecilia payne-gaposchkin in her office in 1946 courtesy of katherine haramundanis. Cecilia payne gaposchkin (1900 – 1979) cecilia helena payne was born in wendover, england in 1919 she won a scholarship to newnham college in cambridge university, where she studied botany, physics, and chemistry.
—cecilia payne what are the stars made of the answer to this fundamental question of astrophysics was discovered in 1925 by cecilia payne and explained in her phd thesis payne showed how to decode the complicated spectra of starlight in order to learn the relative amounts of the chemical elements in the stars. Cecilia payne-gaposchkin, original name in full cecilia helena payne, (born may 10, 1900, wendover, eng—died dec 7, 1979, cambridge, mass, us), british-born american astronomer who discovered that stars are made mainly of hydrogen and helium and established that stars could be classified according to their temperatures.
Payne-gaposchkin c 1979 the dyer's hand autobiography, privately published payne-gaposchkin c 1978 personal memoire annual review of astronomy and astrophysics 16, 1 haramundanis k (ed) 1996 cecilia payne-gaposchkin 2nd edition, cambridge university press, isbn 0 521 48251 8 (hbk), 0 521 48390 5 (pbk. Payne-gaposchkin's dissertation was, according to otto struve and velta zeberg undoubtedly the most brilliant phd thesis ever written in astronomy astronomy of the 20th century (new york: macmillan, 1962): 220.
Cecilia payne-gaposchkin (1900-1979) was described by a former student as being “known for her wit, her literary knowledge and for her personal friendships with individual. Cecilia payne-gaposchkin topic cecilia helena payne-gaposchkin (may 10, 1900 – december 7, 1979) was a british–american astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her phd thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium. Cecilia payne-gaposchkin cecilia payne was born in wendover, england in 1900 in 1919 while at newham college at cambridge, she became interested in astronomy after hearing a lecture by professor eddington about his eclipse expedition to brazil. Cecilia payne-gaposchkin at harvard by richard williams cecilia payne made a long and lonely journey from her childhood in england to prominence in a scientific community that begrudged a place to women.
Payne-gaposchkin, cecelia astronomer (1900 - 1979) she was born cecilia payne in england, and in 1934 married sergei gaposchkin, thereafter also known as cecilia payne-gaposchkin her phd dissertation was said to the best one in 20th century astronomy she became the first woman to become a full professor at harvard. Her obituary read, in part, “cecilia helena payne-gaposchkin, a pioneering astrophysicist and probably the most eminent woman astronomer of all time, died in cambridge, massachusetts, on december 7, 1979. Cecilia helena payne-gaposchkin (may 10, 1900 – december 7, 1979) was a british–american astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her phd thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium. Cecilia helena payne-gaposchkin (may 10, 1900 – december 7, 1979) was a british–american astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her phd thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium early life cecilia helena payne was one of three children born in wendover , england , to emma leonora helena (née pertz.
The work by russell to put forward his “russell mixture” followed on from cecilia payne's thesis work at harvard and he acknowledged her contribution in his published work kidwell p a 1987 cecilia payne-gaposchkin: astronomy in the family uneasy careers and intimate lives, women in science, 1790–1979 ed pnina abir-am and outram,.