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Women's Role in the Scientific Revolution

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Katie Beagle

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Women's Role in the Scientific Revolution

IN THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION Women's Roles 16th-17th Century for Women As a Widow... Aristocrats do it best Margaret Cavendish Joshua Cole Presented by In the 16th and 17th century women became more
interested in the field of science. Unfortunately women could not attend universities, and often were taught by fathers, brothers, and spouses. Some countries like Germany however often supported women working in scientific fields, especially astronomy. The most famous of these women was Maria Margarethe Kirch. Maria was sent to the royal court of Prussia to discuss sunspots. There she made quite a name for herself. She published pamphlets predicting new comets, raised her children and taught them all the ways of astronomy, and was even asked to work for Peter the Great.
Maria continued her work until her death in 1720.

Her three daughters aided her one son in continuing her work. Margaret Cavendish was another woman that has notable accomplishments during this time in the area of science. The Duchess of Newcastle, as she was called, often took part in scientific debates going on in England at this time. She wrote a number of works on scientific matters, including her famous Observations upon Experimental Philosophy and Grounds of Natural Philosophy. In her books she was especially critical of the belief that humans were the masters of nature. As an aristocrat, the Duchess of Newcastle was a good example of the women in France and England who worked in science and inspired future women to aid in scientific research. Holly Sacco & Katie Beagle Maria Kirch Maria was educated by her father who was a Lutheran minister and was continued by her uncle after his death.
She began studying astronomy with Christoph Arnold and began an apprenticeship with him.
She met her husband, Gottfried Kirch, who was also an astronomer, and got married while working together and learning from eachother.
They often examined the skies together but Maria was always extra focused.
One night after her husband went to bed she woke him to show him her discovery of a comet he has missed. This comet was the first major discovery made by a woman. It was the comet of 1702. :( Co-Author of Western Civilizations
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