Ashley Pagnotta

post-doc, AMNH

The Harvard Computers: Pioneering Women Astronomers of the Early 20th Century

Long before Apple, Microsoft, or Google existed, mathematics and scientific computations had to be done by hand, and the people who did them were called computers. A group of women who worked as computers at Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s were responsible for some of the biggest breakthroughs in modern astronomy, but rarely get the credit they deserve. I will talk about some of the women and their discoveries, and the impacts they continue to have on astronomy today.