Margaret Lindsay Huggins

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Margaret Lindsay Huggins

Dame Margaret Lindsay Huggins , DBE (born August 14, 1848 in Dublin , † March 24, 1915 in London ) was an Irish astronomer .

Fascinated by sunspots as a child , she married the astronomer and physicist William Huggins , who owned a private observatory, in 1875 . As his wife, she assisted him and thus contributed significantly to his success as a pioneer in the field of spectroscopy . The couple often published together and pioneered the study of the conditions inside the Sun, such as the chemical composition of stars and the shifting of spectral lines in the Doppler effect .

It was in the Golders Green Crematorium in London cremated , where her ashes is located.


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  • Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie : Women in science: antiquity through the nineteenth century: a biographical dictionary with annotated bibliography . 3. Edition. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 1991, ISBN 0-262-65038-X , pp. 101 f.
  • Antonius Lux (ed.): Great women of world history. A thousand biographies in words and pictures . Sebastian Lux Verlag , Munich 1963, p. 237