Annie Jump Cannon

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About Annie Jump Cannon

American astronomer who greatly impacted contemporary stellar classification when she created the Harvard Classification Scheme with Edward C. Pickering. She was the first woman elected as an officer of the American Astronomical Society.

Early life

She battled scarlet fever while a student at Wellesley College, leaving her mostly deaf.

Trivia

She classified 230,000 stellar bodies, which earned her the nickname of “Census Taker of the Sky.”

Family of Annie Jump Cannon

Her father, Wilson Lee Cannon, was a shipbuilder and state senator.

Close associates of Annie Jump Cannon

She was among many famous Wellesley College alumnae, a list that would later include Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Carl Sagan

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About Carl Sagan

Astronomer whose love of space inspired readers and TV viewers to look to the stars. He is best known for co-writing and narrating the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

Early life

He grew up with a strong desire to learn and was fascinated by dinosaurs and stars as a boy.

Trivia

He wrote the novel Contact, which was adapted into a film in 1997 with Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, and Jodie Foster.

Family of Carl Sagan

He married his third wife, Ann Druyan, in 1981.

Close associates of Carl Sagan

Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted 2014’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to Sagan’s Cosmos.

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