Maunder, Annie Scott Dill Russell
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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