On August 23, 1847, the American physicist and astronomer Sarah Frances Whiting was born, one of the pioneering women in the defense of women's rights in science.

On this day (August 23), 1847, the American physicist and astronomer Sarah Frances Whiting was born, one of the pioneering women in the defense of women's rights in science.
Sarah's interest in science was born when she was very young, transmitted by her father, Joel Whiting, a professor of physics and mathematics and whom Sarah helped in the preparation of her classes.
Whiting graduated from Ingham College in 1865
Whiting was appointed by the president of Wellesley College, Henry Fowle Durant, a year after the opening of the College in 1875, as its first female professor of physics. She established her physics department and undergraduate experimental physics laboratory at Wellesley, the second of her kind to be started in the country.
At Durant's request, he attended lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology given by Edward Charles Pickering . He invited Whiting to look at some of the new techniques being applied to astronomy, such as spectroscopy . In 1880, Whiting began teaching a course in practical astronomy at Wellesley.

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.

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