2014-12-11_2214-googleOn December 11, 2014, Google Doodle honored Delaware native Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941) as an accomplished woman of science who discovered variable stars, was the “Census Taker of the Sky” classifying 230,000 stellar bodies, and coined the mnemonic device Oh! Be A Fine Girl—Kiss Me! (OBAFGKM) to aid students and astronomers in learning the spectral classification she outlined.

An endowment was established at the University of Delaware in her name and Harry Shipman currently holds the named chair, the Annie Jump Cannon Professor of Physics and Astronomy, funded by the endowment. The University also named a residence hall, Cannon Hall, after Annie Jump Cannon. In Sharp Laboratory on the North Green, a named conference room was established wherein a portrait of her hangs.

Read more about Annie Jump Cannon in University of Delaware’s UDaily article CELEBRATING WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS and University of Delaware’s Library Special Collection Women’s History Month 2013: Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination.