For those who have checked the American Google home page for December 11, 2014, they might have spotted how Google has paid tribute to astronomer Annie Jump Cannon.
Cannon became popular for the work done by her as an astronomer and she has also worked with Edward Pickering- who was Harvard Observatory director at the peak of her career.
She had joined the team of assistants, now popularly known as “Pickering’s Women” and had classified 300 variable stars along with 5 novas and 300,000 stars during her time.
She is also credited for making and creating a bibliography of 200,000 references.
At the time when she was working with Pickering, Cannon had worked on examining and doing multiple astronomical calculations.
She was also deeply interested in photography and had worked on classifying huge count of stars. She is also credited for “O, B, A, F, G, K, M” scheme, which was a part of the Pickering’s study.
Although she had published her work for catalog of stars in 1901, International Astronomical Union adopted the system by Cannon in 1922.
She has also worked on many astronomy books and was the very first woman to get Oxford University’s honorary doctorate. Cannon was also awarded with the Henry Draper Medal among other laurels.
Annie Jump Cannon took her last breath in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was 77.