Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Maunder, Annie Scott Dill Russell

  • Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_912

BornStrabane, Co. Tyrone, (Northern Ireland), 14 April 1868

DiedLondon, England, 15 September 1947

Solar astronomer Annie Russell joined her husband,  Edward Walter Maunder, in supporting amateur astronomers in Britain by editing their journal and leading solar eclipse expeditions, while continuing her own solar research and popular writing on astronomy.

Russell was the first daughter of the Reverend William Andrew Russell, a minister of the Irish Presbyterian Church, and his second wife, Hester (néeDill). Annie had two half-brothers from her father’s first marriage and two brothers and one sister from the second. For her secondary education, she attended the Ladies’ Collegiate School, Belfast (renamed Victoria College in 1887), known as the premier institution for the education of girls in Ireland. Russell decided not to work for an Irish university degree but, instead, took the Girton College open entrance examination. By studying diligently, she overcame a deficit in her early...

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Selected References

  1. Brück, Mary T. (1994). “Alice Everett and Annie Russell Maunder: Torch Bearing Women Astronomers.” Irish Astronomical Journal 21: 281–291.ADSGoogle Scholar
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  4. Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey (1996). “Patterns of Collaboration in Turn-of-the-Century Astronomy: The Campbells and the Maunders.” In Creative Couples in the Sciences, edited by Helena M. Pycior, Nancy G. Slack, and Pnina G. Abir-Am, pp. 254–266. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.Google Scholar
  5. — (2000). “Obligatory Amateurs: Annie Maunder (1868–1947) and British Women Astronomers at the Dawn of Professional Astronomy.” British Journal for the History of Science 33: 67–84.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History of Science Department and CollectionsUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA