Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Sawyer Hogg, Helen Battles

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Alternate Name

 Hogg, Helen Battles

BornLowell, Massachusetts, USA, 1 August 1905

DiedRichmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, 28 January 1993

American-Canadian astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg for many years maintained the definitive catalog of variable stars in globular clusters, a task of considerable importance because these stars are keys to measuring astronomical distances and ages. Helen Sawyer was the daughter of Edward Everett Sawyer and Carrie Myra Sprague. She married  Frank Hogg in 1930 and F. E.L. Priestly in 1985. The first marriage produced three children, Sally, David E. (a noted radio astronomer), and James.

Sawyer Hogg received an AB magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1926. She earned an AM in 1928 and a Ph.D. in 1931 from Radcliffe College, though her thesis work had been done with  Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and  Harlow Shapleyat Harvard College Observatory, as Harvard did not at that time award science degrees to women. She, Frank Hogg, and Payne earned three of the...

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Selected References

  1. Clement, Christine and Peter Broughton (1993). “Helen Sawyer Hogg, 1905–1993.” Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 87: 351–356.ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. Jarrell, Richard A. (1988). The Cold Light of Dawn: A History of Canadian Astronomy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada