Mary Somerville

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Mary Somerville
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Mary Somerville
BornMary Fairfax
26 December 1780(1780-12-26)
Jedburgh, Scotland
Died29 November 1872(1872-11-29) (aged 91)
Naples, Italy
AwairdsPatron's Medal (1869)
Scientific career
Fieldsscience writer

Mary Fairfax Somerville (26 December 1780 – 29 November 1872) wis a Scots science writer an polymath. She studied mathematics an astronomy, an wis nominatit tae be jyntly the first female member o the Ryal Astronomical Society at the same time as Caroline Herschel.

Whan John Stuart Mill, the filosofer an economist, organised a massive peteetion tae Pairlament tae gie weemen the richt tae vote, he haed Somerville put her seegnatur first on the peteetion.

Whan she dee'd in 1872, Mary Somerville wis hailed bi The Morning Post as "The Queen o Nineteent-Century Science".[1]

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  1. Alic, Margaret (1986). Hypatia's Heritage: A History of Women in Science from Antiquity to the Late Nineteenth Century. The Women's Press. p. 182. ISBN 0-7043-3954-4.