Mary Somerville and the World of Science

  • Allan Chapman

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Allan Chapman
    Pages 1-13
  3. Allan Chapman
    Pages 55-68
  4. Allan Chapman
    Pages 69-83
  5. Allan Chapman
    Pages 85-88
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 89-92

About this book


Mary Somerville (1780-1872), after whom Somerville College Oxford was named, was the first woman scientist to win an international reputation entirely in her own right, rather than through association with a scientific brother or father.

She was active in astronomy, one of the most demanding areas of science of the day, and flourished in the unique British tradition of Grand Amateurs, who paid their own way and were not affiliated with any academic institution.

Mary Somerville was to science what Jane Austen was to literature and Frances Trollope to travel writing. Allan Chapman’s vivid account brings to light the story of an exceptional woman, whose achievements in a field dominated by men deserve to be very widely known.


Famous Female Scientists Georgian Science History of Astronomy Life and Legacy of Mary Sommerville Mary Somerville Mary Somerville Biography Oxford University Sommerville Women in Physics Women in Science

Authors and affiliations

  • Allan Chapman
    • 1
  1. 1.Wadham College and Faculty of HistoryOxfordUnited Kingdom

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