Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
I remember when I thought people in their 20’s were adults. Now all of my friends are in their 20’s and everybody is just kind of fumbling around bumping into each other, trying to figure out where the free food is
I’m sorry to tell you but this describes mid 30s as well
Nick Cave and Roland S. Howard. There’s an interesting story behind this photo.
The Birthday Party was touring Australia at the time, and they used this photo to promote one of their shows. When some of the venues saw their promotional posters, they cancelled the gig.
I think this is funny, because The Birthday Party was renowned as “the most violent band in the world.” So basically, these venues are saying:
"It’s OK if you throw bricks at cars. It’s OK if you smash full pitchers of beer over the heads of our patrons. It’s OK if you smash our equipment. It’s OK if you attempt to strangle people you don’t like with microphone chords. It’s OK if you set your guitars on fire. BUT IT’S NOT OK to have two goths lying in bed together, one without a shirt on, looking inquisitively at something behind the camera."