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Edward Charles Pickering (1846-1919) had three great talents; one was the ability to inspire himself to do great things; the second to recognize the potential in others and in particular women; and lastly to persuade wealthy female philanthropists to part with their money to finance his research. With these talents and the women he employed, some of the finest astronomical research ever carried out, was done under his supervision at Harvard College Observatory, during the forty two years he was its Director.

 

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The Author is grateful to Ancestry.com, findagrave.com, https://www.familysearch.org, the Harvard College Observatory, the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the United States Naval Observatory, Washington DC for the use of the following items: text extracts from original sources, genealogical information, photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations included in this eBook.

 

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Edward Charles Pickering, who believed in the new science of Astrophysics and who through the charm of his personality persuaded women to either part with their money or become a member of his 'harem' of female astronomers.

Dr. Stefan Hughes began his career as a professional astronomer, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Astronomy from the University of Leicester in 1974 and his PhD four years later on the 'Resonance Orbits of Artificial Satellites due to Lunisolar Perturbations', which was published as a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. After graduating he became a Research fellow in Astronomy, followed by a spell as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary College, London. Then came a ten year long career as an IT Consultant. In 'mid life' he spent several years retraining as a Genealogist, Record Agent and Architectural Historian, which he practiced for a number of years before moving to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where for the past ten years he has been imaging the heavens, as well as researching and writing the 'Catchers of the Light' - A History of Astrophotography.

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