Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon
Credit: Smithsonian Institution (US)

Occupation: Astronomer and Curator

Year born: 1863

Research Areas: Stars, Stellar Classification, Spectroscopy


"In our troubled days it is good to have something outside our planet, something fine and distant for comfort"

Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell - painting by H. Dassell, 1851 
Credit: Public Domain

Occupation: Astronomer, Educator, Librarian

Year born: 1818

Research Areas: Comets, Solar Eclipse, Planets, Double Stars, Nebulae


Gan De

Occupation: Astronomer and Mathematician

Year born: Around 400 BCE

Research Areas: Jupiter’s movements, Star maps, Sunspots


"[Jupiter] ...was very large and bright. Apparently, there was a small reddish star appended to its side. "

Source: Treatise on Astrology of the Kaiyuan Era, xxiii


Early Life

Haida Liang

Occupation: Professor of Physics

Research Areas: Imaging and Sensing, Conservation, Science and Art


"I’m working on the boundary between optical imaging and history… physics and history are the two things that I love."