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Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979

LC control no.n 79056850
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Personal name headingPayne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979
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Variant(s)Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena Payne, 1900-1979
Payne, Cecilia H., 1900-1979
Birth date19000510
Death date19791207
Place of birthWendover (England)
Place of deathCambridge (Mass.)
Field of activityAstrophysics Astronomy
AffiliationRadcliffe College
Profession or occupationAstronomers Astrophysicists
Found inStellar atmospheres; a contribution to the observational study of high temperature in the reversing layers of stars, 1925: t.p. (Cecilia H. Payne)
LCCN 29-10581: Shapley, H. The universe of stars, 1929 (hdg.: Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena (Payne), Mrs., 1900- ; usage: Cecila H. Payne)
Wikipedia, April 29, 2014 (Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin; born May 10, 1900 in Wendover, Buckinghamshire; died December 7, 1979 in Cambridge, Mass.; astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium. In 1925 she became the first person to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College. When Payne's dissertation was reviewed, astronomer Henry Norris Russell dissuaded her from concluding that the composition of the Sun is different from that of the Earth, contradicting the accepted wisdom at the time. However, he changed his mind four years later after deriving the same result by different means)
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