Henrietta Swan Leavitt


About the scientist Henrietta Swan Leavitt

Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Henrietta was an American astronomer who discovered the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables. This became the starting point for scientists to find the distance of stars from earth.
Henrietta was the daughter of Congregationalist minister, George Roswell Leavitt and Henrietta Swan Kendrick. She attended the Oberlin College in 1885 and graduated in 1895 at what is now, Radcliffe College. She remained in school for a few years taking additional astronomy courses. Henrietta also worked as a volunteer research assistant at Harvard College Observatory.