Agnes Mary Clerke
English Astronomer and Scientific Writer
1842 – 1907 A.D.
Agnes Mary Clerke, an English astronomer and scientific writer, born in Ireland. While living in Italy she contributed to the Edinburgh Review.
In 1888 she made astronomical observations at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and in 1890 further observations aboard the yacht Palatine in the Baltic Sea. She won the Actonian prize in 1893, and was elected an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1903.
Though not a practical astronomer in the ordinary sense, she possessed remarkable skill in collating, interpreting and summarizing the results of astronomical research, and as a historian her work has an important place in scientific literature.
Her principal books are: A Popular History of Astronomy (1885), and The System of the Stars (1890).
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.