Infographic: Five Deaf Astronomers You Should Know


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  • John Goodricke (1764 – 1786): Deaf from the age of five, was an amateur astronomer from the age of 15 and, although he died at the age of 21, he was a member of the prestigious Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge for his discoveries.
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857 – 1935): This Soviet physicist is one of the founding fathers of modern astronautics and rockets. Deaf since childhood, his ideas made it possible for mankind to launch the first artificial satellite into orbit.
  • Annie Jump Cannon (1863 – 1941): The stellar cataloging work of this North American astronomer was fundamental, classifying more stars than anyone else (350,000 stars). Deaf since her youth, she was also an important suffragist.
  • Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868 – 1911): She discovered how to measure great distances to remote galaxies, totally changing our understanding of the nature of the universe. The Leavitt Crater on the moon is named after her in honour of astronomers.
  • Olaf Hassel (1898 – 1972): Deaf from birth, he was a Norwegian amateur astronomer who discovered a new comet (named Comet Jurlov-Achmarov-Hassel) and the nova Herculis 1960, for which he was awarded the King's Gold Medal of Merit.

Infographic: Five Deaf Astronomers You Should Know. John Goodricke, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and Olaf Hassel

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