Beyond the Horizon: the Detroit Observatory’s Early Women Astronomers – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Beyond the Horizon: the Detroit Observatory’s Early Women Astronomers

Yasmeen Berry


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Mentor(s): Gary Krenz, Administrator/Lecturer
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Bentley Historical Library,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 1
Presenter: 3

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The year 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan. “Beyond the Horizon: the Detroit Observatory’s Early Women Astronomers” is an expansion upon an online exhibition. It was created to showcase the development and impact of higher education in astronomy for women at the University of Michigan. Created in collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), this exhibition gave a unique look into the lives of early women astronomy students at the Detroit Observatory. In an effort to increase the online presence of information regarding these early women astronomers, biographical sketches were adapted to accommodate for increased online accessibility. In addition to these online awareness efforts, information was added on previous women astronomers showcased and on new additions to the exhibition. The collection currently includes Harriet W. Bigelow, Agnes Ermina Wells, Hazel Marie Losh, Helen (Walter) Dodson Prince, and Laura Elizabeth Hill Mclaughlin.

Authors: Yasmeen Berry, Gary Krenz
Research Method: Library/Archival/Internet Research
Link to the online exhibition:

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