Her haunting lyrics and soulful voice. Their swampy rhythms and hook-filled melodies. The next chapter in Americana …. Ladies and Gentlemen, Henrietta Swan!
Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer, graduate of Radcliffe College, worked at the Harvard College Observatory as a “computer” in 1893, examining photographic plates in order to measure and catalog the brightness of the stars. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, it was her discovery that first allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the Earth and faraway galaxies. An enviable person to emulate!