Belfast Telegraph

Strabane astronomer's Greenwich honour

By Peter Hutcheon

An Ulster astronomer has had a new research facility named in her honour by the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

Annie Russell Maunder, who was born in Strabane in 1868, was honoured with a blue plaque by the Ulster History Circle last month.

Her work in solar research gained her such renown that she was hired as a 'human computer' at the Royal Observatory in 1891, and spent five years calculating and observing at Greenwich.

Now it has chosen to honour her as scientists embark on new work at the Royal Observatory that had been put on hold for the past 60 years due to environmental factors such as pollution interfering with astronomical observation.

Derry and Strabane mayor John Boyle said he was "delighted" by the news, adding: "Annie will continue to inspire and educate other budding young scientists and explorers."

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