Welcome to the Astrophiz Podcasts, My name is Brendan O’Brien and today is Tuesday 16 February 2021.
For this Episode we are featuring the life and remarkable achievements of Dr Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who lived for 80 years from the start of the 20th century, and gave the world a legacy of astronomical breakthroughs that forever changed the way that we understand stars and what they are made of. And a spoiler alert is warranted here: You’ll be hearing about a continuing problem we have in scientific communities where women are not respected and begrudged their very existence in these communities and institutions
Cecilia Payne, the eldest of three children, was born on May 10, 1900, in Wendover, a small rural market town in England, to parents with family and occupational connections to the British intelligentsia.
Her father, Edward Payne was a talented musician, an Oxford fellow, barrister and judge, and had her playing piano scales from the age of two and she developed perfect pitch, however her dad drowned in a canal when she was four.
Her mother was Emma Payne née Pertz, a skilled artist, who came from an academically accomplished German family. Emma ...