"Maria Mitchell" was an American astronomer who, in 1847, by using a telescope, discovered a comet which as a result became known as "C/1847 T1/Miss Mitchell's Comet". She won a gold medal prize for her discovery which was presented to her by King Frederick VI of Denmark - this was remarkable for a woman. On the medal was inscribed "Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus" in Latin (taken from Georgics by Virgil (Book I, line 257) (English: “Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars”). Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer.
One of ten children, she was raised in the Quaker religion but later adopted Christian Unitarianism.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous scientists! More Maria Mitchell on Wikipedia.