Stellar atmospheres has 1 rating and 0 reviews: Published May 1st by Observatory, Cambridge Massachusetts, pages. STELLAR ATMOSPHERES (CECILIA H. PAYNE). P. W. Merrill. © The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. The book is quite excellent, but I must let you know, this isn’t Stellar Atmospheres by Cecilia Payne, if that’s what you’re looking for. That said, it’s certainly a book.

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Payne-Gaposchkin remained scientifically active throughout her at,ospheres, spending her entire academic career at Harvard. Saha had recently shown how the temperature and pressure in the atmosphere of a star determine the extent to which various atoms are ionized.

Shapley persuaded Payne to write a doctoral dissertation, and so in she became the first person to earn a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College now part of Harvard.


The wavelength increases from the violet to the red end of the spectrum, as the energy of the light decreases. Payne realized that her only career option in the U. She published her conclusions amospheres her second book, Stars of High Luminosity The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science.


Harvard UniversityDepartment of Astronomy. After her doctorate, Payne studied stars of high luminosity in order to understand the structure of the Milky Way.

A typical stellar spectrum has many narrow dark gaps where the light at particular wavelengths or energies cdcilia missing. Ernst Chladni and Rocks from the Sky Profile: He suggested a number of books for her to read, but she had already read them.

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Stellar atmospheres by Cecilia H. Retrieved March 5, This simple gesture opened the world of astronomical research to her.

She realized early during her Cambridge years that a woman had little chance of advancing beyond a teaching role, and no chance at all of getting an advanced degree. Her daughter remembers her as “an inspired seamstress, an inventive knitter, and a voracious reader.

Books by Cecilia H. She consequently described the result in her thesis as “spurious”.

Retrieved October 12, Payne also contributed widely to the physical understanding of variable stars. The Stellar Temperature Scale.

Payne showed how to decode the complicated spectra of starlight in order to learn the relative amounts of the chemical elements in the stars.

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Edited by Arias, P. In her autobiography, Payne tells that while in school she created an experiment on the efficacy of prayer by dividing her exams in two groups, praying for success only on one, the other one being a control group. Payne, Humfrey Gilbert Garth Retrieved July 29, Annie Jump Cannon cecilix sorted the spectra of several hundred thousand stars into seven distinct classes. Astronomers assumed that the spectral classes represented a sequence of decreasing surface temperatures of the stars, tsellar no one was able to demonstrate this quantitatively.


Hodgewho all made important contributions to astronomy.

Stellar atmospheres by Cecilia H. Payne

Pressures in Stellar Atmospheres. Harvard College ObservatoryHarvard University. Sarthak Goyal marked it as to-read Sep 23, She also knew that at high temperatures, one or more electrons are stripped from the atoms, which are then called ions. Archived from the original on October 12, Cannon Award in Astronomy People from Wendover People from Lexington, Massachusetts American people of Prussian descent 20th-century astronomers 20th-century American scientists 20th-century women scientists British people of Prussian descent.