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The Human Computers

In one of his Great Minds episodes of the SciShow, Hank Green salutes Henrietta Swan Leavitt. A graduate of Radcliffe College, Leavitt was one of a number of volunteer women astronomers who were allowed in 1893 to serve as “computers” at Harvard College Observatory, doing tedious work male scientists wouldn’t do, and ultimately making a discovery now known as Leavitt’s Law, which allows us to measure the distance to stars.

 

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