Mary R. Calvert

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Mary R. Calvert
Mary Calvert 1927 passport.jpg
Mary R. Calvert's 1927 passport photo
Born (1884-06-20)June 20, 1884
Died June 15, 1974(1974-06-15) (aged 89)
Nashville
Citizenship American
Fields Astronomer and astrophotographer
Institutions Yerkes Observatory
Known for Atlas of the Northern Milky Way and A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way

Mary R. Calvert (June 20, 1884 – June 1974) was an American astronomical computer and astrophotographer.

In 1905, she started work at Yerkes Observatory, as assistant and computer for her uncle, the astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard (1857–1923), who was also professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago, and the discoverer of Barnard's star.

In 1923, when Barnard died, she became curator of the Yerkes photographic plate collection and a high-level assistant, until her retirement in 1946.

Barnard’s work A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way was completed after his death in 1923 by Edwin B. Frost, director of the Yerkes Observatory, and Calvert, and published in 1927. The Astronomy Compendium calls it a "seminal work".[1]

She died in Nashville in 1974.

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  • Atlas of the Northern Milky Way (with Frank Elmore Ross), University of Chicago Press (1934)

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