International Year of Astronomy recognition of Dundee-born astronomer’s work
Marlyn Glen, is highlighting in this, the International Year of Astronomy ,the work of a Dundee-born astronomer who has a crater on the Moon named in honour of her work.
Ms. Glen is tabling a motion asking the Scottish Parliament to acclaim the work of Williamina Fleming, in the late 19th. and early 20th . century in the classification of stars.
Ms. Glen said,
” Williamina Fleming’s work has carried her to where no Dundonian has gone before – from pupil-teacher to the far side of the Moon.
” The prestigious recognition of having a lunar crater named in her honour acknowledges her exceptional achievements. ”
Ms. Glen is tabling a motion in the Scottish Parliament in honour of her work which reads:
This Parliament celebrates in this, the International Year of Astronomy, the outstanding contribution made to the study of astronomy by Williamina Fleming, born in Dundee in 1857; notes her remarkable work in cataloguing over 10,000 stars, discovering 59 gaseous nebulae, over 310 variable stars, 10 novae; and notes with great pleasure that she shares the distinction of having the Fleming crater on the Moon named jointly after Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, and herself.