Amy Barger named Henrietta Leavitt Professor of Astronomy

May 24, 2021

Professor Amy Barger has been awarded a WARF Named Research Professorship, in recognition of her major contributions to the advancement of knowledge via discovery and mapping of the populations of distant galaxies and supermassive black holes.  This honor comes on the heels of her recent election as a 2021 AAS Fellow.

Amy has elected to name the professorship after Henrietta Swan Leavitt, in recognition of the latter's discovery of the Cepheid period-luminosity relation (now known as Leavitt’s law) that has proven so important in establishing the extragalactic distance ladder. There’s also a Wisconsin connection here — Leavitt taught art at Beloit College up until 1902, and subsequently returned there during interruptions of her work at Havard Observatory with Pickering.

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