Thursday, March 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

Today is the birthday of Dorrit Hoffleit.
"All the hardships taught me something, and they taught me how to cope. So, I was prepared to fight back. If it had all been good, I wouldn’t have known how to fight."

What an amazing woman! Here's a woman who loved looking at the stars, and turned it into an amazing career, despite the hardships and setbacks she encountered as a woman working in academia.
While at Yale, Hoffleit taught the most basic course on Astronomy to undergraduates. Her passion for the subject was inspiring to these young men and women who were probably only in the class to fulfill a GE requirement. She retired from teaching in 1975, but continued to work until her death in 2007, at the age of 100.

Most notably, she was the author and editor of several editions of the Bright Star Catalogue, an extensive compilation that lists all the stars visible with the naked eye from Earth. She also co-authored The General Catalogue of Trigonometric Stellar Parallaxes, which contains precise distance measurements to nearly 9000 stars, information critical to understanding the history and workings of our solar region.
Happy Birthday Dr. Hoffleif! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!


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