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Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell)

(1868-1947), Astronomer; wife of E. Walter Maunder

Sitter in 2 portraits
Maunder won a scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge in 1886 but as a female student was not permitted to receive her B.A. degree. In 1891 she began underpaid work as a 'lady computer' at the Greenwich Royal Observatory, creating data from photographs of the sun. Here she met her husband and lifelong collaborator E. Walter Maunder. The Heavens and their Story was co-written by them in 1908, although Walter acknowledged that it was 'almost wholly the work of my wife'. The 'Maunder' crater on the moon is named after them in recognition of their findings around sunspots and the climate. In 1916 she was the first woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell), by Lafayette - NPG x47933

Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell)

by Lafayette
half-plate nitrate negative, 7 December 1931
NPG x47933

Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell), by Lafayette - NPG x47934

Annie Scott Dill Maunder (née Russell)

by Lafayette
half-plate nitrate negative, 7 December 1931
NPG x47934


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