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  • Toner Stevenson

Pioneering Women of the British Astronomical Association - Presented by Mike Frost, BAA

Monday 1st November 2021

6:30 to 8pm

Presented by Mike Frost, Historical Section Director, British Astronomical Association

The British Astronomical Association was founded in 1890. Right from the start, the membership included talented lady astronomers. In part this was because the Royal Astronomical Society did not admit women at this time.

This talk tells the stories of many of the lady pioneers of the BAA. Agnes Clerke, astronomical historian; Annie Maunder, solar astronomer and first editor of the BAA Journal; Margaret, Lady Huggins, spectroscopist; Elizabeth Brown (image left), solar pioneer; Fiametta Wilson and Grace Cook, meteor observers; Mary Blagg, variable star expert. And Mary Acworth Evershed, my predecessor as first director of the BAA's historical section.Image Image: Solar Observer, Elizabeth Brown, BAA Archive.

Members will be sent a Zoom link. Not a member? Email to request to join the society, or this event.


Mike Frost is the director of the BAA Historical Section. He is a systems engineer but astronomy has always been a major part of his life. MIke is past-chairman of Coventry and Warwickshire Astronomical Society, a member of the B.A.A. since 1995, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a founder member of the Society for the History of Astronomy.


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