In 1895, as told by the biographer Annie Jump Cannon ,
An especially exciting moment came when the Boston morning papers reported the discovery of X-rays or Rontgen in 1895. Advanced physics students of those days will always remember the zeal with which Miss Whiting immediately installed an old Crookes tube and obtaining some of the first photographs taken in this country of coins inside a bag and bones inside meat.
Between 1896 and 1900, Whiting helped Wellesley College trustee, Sarah Elizabeth Whitin, establish the Whitin Observatory , of which Whiting became the first director.
Out of curiosity, Tufts College conferred an honorary doctorate on Whiting in 1905.