By Andrew Davis and Mack Hankins
"Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus"
Date of Birth: August 1st, 1818
Parents: Lydia Coleman Mitchell, William Mitchell
Siblings: Phebe, Eliza, Anne, and Sally Mitchell
Education: North Grammar School, Cyrus Peirce's School for Young Ladies
Religious Affiliation: Quaker, then Christian Unitarianism
Place of Death: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death: June 28th, 1889
"We especially need imagination in science. Question everything."
Interesting Fact 1
"Miss Mitchell's Comet" was originally invisible to the naked eye, but Maria used a telescope she designed to spot the anomaly in the sky.
Mitchell Discovers C/1847 T1
Sunday, Aug. 1st 1847 at 9pm
61 Main St
Mitchell discovered this comet from the roof of the National Pacific Bank on Main Street, where her father worked as a cashier.
Interesting Fact 2
At age 12, Maria was able to calculate the location of her home through a solar eclipse.
At age 14, sailors entrusted Maria with navigation calculations for their whaling journeys.
At age 17, Maria became the first librarian at Nantucket's Atheneum.