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.
She battled scarlet fever while a student at Wellesley College, leaving her mostly deaf.
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.
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.
He grew up with a strong desire to learn and was fascinated by dinosaurs and stars as a boy.
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.