Text full multimedia monochrome

First time here?

Find out more about how The Lecture List works.

Coronavirus situation update

Our lecture organisers may or may not have had time to update their events with cancellation notices. Clearly social gatherings are to be avoided and that includes lectures. STAY AT HOME FOLKS, PLEASE.


Find out what you can do to keep The Lecture List online

The fascination of the heavens: women in astronomy in Britain in an age before equality

Dr Mary Bruck, emeritus lecturer from the University of Edinburgh,

Astronomy, and popular interest in it, flourished to a remarkable degree in Britain in the nineteenth century, women being among its votaries. In her talk Dr Bruck will outline the little-known contribution of women to astronomy - from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Enterprising amateur astronomers had private observatories for serious research, assisted in many cases by female family members. Dr Bruck will explain how later on, independently-minded women with university degrees sought proper professional careers in science, with only limited success. The path to equality was to be a very slow one.

Dr Bruck's lecture will describe the lives and contributions of some of these interesting women, including the famous comet discoverer Caroline Herschel (sister of William, discoverer of Uranus and the first President of the Royal Astronomical Society).


Dr Mary Bruck | talks


Date and Time:

13 May 2008 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House

More at Royal Astronomical Society...




Available from:

Additional Information:

Tube: Green Park
Tel: 020 7734 3307
Seats will be offered on a first-come first served basis.

Register to tell a friend about this lecture.


If you would like to comment about this lecture, please register here.


Any ad revenue is entirely reinvested into the Lecture List's operating fund