Ellen Mary Clerke

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Ellen Mary Clerke (20 September 1840 – 2 March 1906) was an author, journalist, poet and popular science writer in the field of astronomy. She was born in Skibbereen, County Cork, in Ireland. She wrote for the London Tablet,[1] and also spent much time in Italy. Clerke also wrote for the Dublin Review.[2]

Agnes Mary Clerke, also a writer on astronomy, was her sister, and they were the children of Judge's Registrar, John William Clerke (c.1807-1890) and his wife Catherine Mary (b.c1819).[3]


  • Fable and Song in Italy (1899), essays and verse translations.
  • Flowers of Fire (1902), novel.


  1. ^ Ellen Mary Clerke - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. ^ Haines, Catharine (2001). International women in science: a biographical dictionary to 1950. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 67. ISBN 1-57607-090-5. 
  3. ^ "Miss Agnes Mary Clerke (transcription)". London: The Times. Tuesday, Jan 22, 1907; Issue 38236. p. 12; col D. Retrieved 2008-12-06.  Check date values in: |date= (help)