Harvard’s Computers – Women of Substance who Made Abundant Contributions to Astronomy

In 1881, the director of the Harvard Observatory – Edward Charles Pickering – was in a state of flux with enormous amounts of data making its way to the observatory and far from competent staff to analyze the data appropriately. Pickering was doubtful of the ability of his staff, especially his assistant who was considered to be inefficient at cataloguing.

What he did to resolve this rising concern was unconceivable at that time – he fired his assistant and gave the ...

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