Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Events hitting the United States!
Shiny Gengar (with mega stone from participating game stops) between October 13 through the 26th.
The legendary pokemon, Diancie between October 27th and November 16th.
women of color between the ages of 36 and 49 have, on average, $5 in assets compared with white women’s $42,600, according to a report by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
- Michel Martin, On balancing career and family as a woman of color (via cielito-lindo)
Zoe Saldana: Sci-Fi Queen!
Piece from a series I created as part of a partnership with CBS Films. Its based on their new film “What If” starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan - playing in select cities. Here’s the trailer:
Janelle Monáe Backstage at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fesitval 2014
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
people complain about people “faking disabilities”
you know what happens way more often than people faking disabilities?
people pretending not to be disabled so they won’t get treated like shit
Check out these awesome Pokemon T’s by Greg Wright
They’re 50% more hype than the T-shirt you’re wearing now, so buy one or thirty! At $20 each, can you really say no?
Well, I guess you can, because this is a free country and all… but why would you say no? you some kind of nerd?
*comes to meet you at Starbucks 15 minutes late with Starbucks from another location*
Well, I was GOING to go to bed…