Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered that hydrogen dominates our universe, finally gets the recognition she deserves in a rich biography, What Stars Are Made Of
ONE of the lesser known consequences of the current wave of feminism is the number of women that have been added to the scientific and technological canon.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is the latest. What Stars Are Made Of, a biography by Donovan Moore, highlights the British astronomer and astrophysicist’s contribution in overturning a basic assumption about the make-up of the universe.
In the 1920s, Payne-Gaposchkin analysed the spectral pattern of stars, a plot of the amount of light given off at …