Seeing the Stars

Before they even had the right to vote, a group of remarkable women were employed by Harvard College Observatory as ‘Human Computers’ to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night.

Dava Sobel talks to Robyn Williams about the amazing women whose story has finally come to light in her new book, The Glass Universe.

Meet, for instance, Miss Cannon, who in her 50s in 1920s America, ran up and down ladders to operate an unwieldy telescope, “helping” the learned gentlemen of Harvard Observatory to discover astronomy. “It is great fun and does not tire me at all,” she wrote.

Join Dava Sobel as she shines light on this remarkable hidden history.