Agnes Mary Clerke (1842–1907) Historian and Active Promoter of Astrophysics

  • Susan M. P. McKenna-Lawlor
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 292)


Agnes Mary Clerke was born on 10 February 1842 at Skibbereen, County Cork, the younger daughter of John William Clerke (a classics graduate of Trinity College Dublin) and his wife Catherine née Deasy (sister of Lord Justice Deasy), a gifted musician. The three children of this cultured family responded in individual ways to the highly intellectual atmosphere of the household within which they received a private education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. P. McKenna-Lawlor
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  1. 1.Space Technology Ireland Ltd.National University of IrelandMaynooth, Co. KildareIreland

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