LIMITED-TIME OFFER

3 months free
Offer ends February 21st, 2024 at 11:59PM ET.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 3 months. Cancel anytime.
Sweeper in the Sky: The Life of Maria Mitchell  By  cover art

Sweeper in the Sky: The Life of Maria Mitchell

By: Helen Wright
Narrated by: Karen Commins
Try for $0.00

$14.95/mo. after 3 months. Cancel anytime. Offer ends February 21st, 2024 at 11.59PM ET.

Buy for $11.70

Buy for $11.70

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

Long before the world began seeking STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - education for girls, American Maria Mitchell proved that women were capable of achieving worldwide acclaim for brilliant reasoning and discoveries. Born to a Quaker family in 1818 Nantucket, Mitchell had opportunities unavailable to other girls of the time. The Quakers believed boys and girls should be educated, so Maria attended public schools. She also had the benefit of her father's tutelage. At an early age, she loved to perform the complex navigational computations requested by sailors.  

At the age of 29, Mitchell discovered a comet and earned a gold medal from the King of Denmark, the first of many international awards and honors in her illustrious life. She was one of the first women elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and later became the first Professor of Astronomy at the newly-built Vassar College. Throughout her long teaching career, she urged her students to question everything. If a man could achieve success at a venture, so could a woman. 

Forthright and rebellious by nature, Mitchell was beloved by her students. She was a strong proponent of women's rights, traveled widely in the US and Europe, and met with other notable scientists of the time.  

This audiobook was produced to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Maria Mitchell's birth and bring her legacy to a new generation.  

"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics nor all logic, it is somewhat beauty and poetry." (Maria Mitchell)

Public Domain (P)2018 Jewel Audiobooks

What listeners say about Sweeper in the Sky: The Life of Maria Mitchell

Average customer ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.