How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon | Atlas Obscura

The group of women computers at the Harvard College Observatory, who worked for the astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, c. 1890. (Photo: Harvard College Observatory/Public Domain)

Teams of female scientists made critical breakthroughs in astronomy and mathematics–but it was decades before they’d get credit for them.

At Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s, the hum of over a dozen computers buzzed from the busy astronomy calculation room. Devising complex calculations to map the stars, the computers worked in skirts and corsets, gripping their pencils at thick wooden desks. If you haven’t guessed, these computers were not the sort we think of today, but were…

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