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Mayall, Margaret W. (Margaret Walton)
Oral History interview with Margaret W. Mayall, 1986 August 11 and September 12.
In this interview, Mayall discusses her childhood and early interest in astronomy; undergraduate years at Swarthmore College; work at Harvard College Observatory in the 1920s; the role of women at Harvard College Observatory, and in astronomy in general; memories of Edward Pickering; and the relationship between the American Association of Variable Star Observers and Harvard College Observatory. Mayall details her work with Annie Jump Cannon, including Cannons's personality and work habits, her skills in socializing, her work with variable start and her relationship with Cecilia Payne. Other contacts discussed include Antonia Maury, Cecilia Payne, Harlow Shapley, Donald Menzel, Adelaide Ames, Solon Bailey, and McGeorge Bundy.
Margaret Walton Mayall (1902-). Astronomer. Education: Swarthmore College, A.B., 1925; Radcliffe College, A.M., 1928. Professional experience: Harvard College Observatory (1924-1943,1946-1954); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1943-1946); American Association of Variable Star Observers, Director (1949-). Research interests: Spectroscopy, variable stars, photometry.
Ames, Adelaide.
Bailey, Solon I. (Solon Irving), 1854-
Bundy, McGeorge.
Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941
Maury, Antonia Caetana De Paiva Pereira, 1866-1952
Mayall, Margaret W. (Margaret Walton)
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979-
Pickering, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1846-1919.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
American Association of Variable Star Observers.
Harvard College Observatory
Swarthmore College.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Women in astronomy.
Women in science
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Gingerich, Owen. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA