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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit

City of Florence Walk of Honor

Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 4, 2016
1. Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit Marker
Dr. Ellen D. Hoffleit, celebrated worldwide for her many contributions to astronomy, discovered more than 1,200 variable stars. She authored Yale Bright Star Catalogue which is used in almost every astronomical observatory in the world.

Inducted 2016

Erected 2016 by City of Florence.
Location. 34° 48.404′ N, 87° 37.88′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Hightower Place 0.3 miles south of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133). Touch for map. Located in River Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Hightower Place, Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General John Coffee (here, next to this marker); James Jackson (here, next to this marker); Kelton D. (Kelso) Herston (here, next to this marker); Lynn Middleton Sibley (here, next to this marker); Michael Hall Mobbs (here, next to this marker); Edward Stanley Robbins (here, next to this marker); William Burch (Billy) Reid (here, next to this marker); Natalie Chanin (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. Encycolpedia of Alabama. Astronomer, educator, and science historian Dorrit Hoffleit (1907-2007) was widely respected by the amateur and professional astronomical community as a mentor and an ardent supporter of independent research. Her more than 600 catalogues, books, articles, book reviews, and news columns cover myriad aspects of astronomy, from variable stars (stars that change brightness over time) and stellar properties to meteor showers, quasars, and rocketry. She also made important contributions to the history of astronomy, especially on the role and work of women in the field. (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. American Astronomical Society. Hoffleit's early years were difficult, and she described her own life as having led "From Early Sadness to Happy Old Age" (Comments on Astrophysics, 18, p. 107, 1996), with a late autobiography entitled Misfortunes as Blessing in Disguise(American Association of Variable Star Astronomers, 2002). The name Dorrit came from Dickens, but her parents, who called her Dorchen in childhood, were German immigrants, and some of her classmates refused to play with her "because she's German!" Home oscillated between a failing farm in Florence, Alabama, where she was born on 12 March 1907 and rented space in the railroad town of New Castle, Pennsylvania, where her father was a bookkeeper for the Pennsylvania Railroad. (Submitted on November 5, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
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