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Maria Mitchell

Mitchell, Maria (1818–89), U.S. astronomer who discovered a comet in 1847. She was the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1848) and was professor of astronomy at Vassar College (1865–88).

See also: Astronomy.

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