Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Gee. I wonder what’s stopping us from learning about women like these. … I wonder just how many discoveries women have actually been responsible for instead of men, and why, for generations upon generations, it has been so easy for men to overshadow and even steal the work of women, all why spreading the idea that women “don’t contribute to science and invention”. I actually was told by a man once, that women didn’t deserve equality and that feminism was ridiculous, and his whole argument was based on the fact that men are the inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists, while women do nothing but get taken care of by men… and I was like um. You DO realize that not only have there been female scientists, entrepreneurs, and inventors… but that in order for women to even succeed in any of those endeavors back then (and at times still even today) they had to defy the odds and work extra hard, and at the end of they day they’d be lucky if they were acknowledged for their work for even a second! THIS IS WHY THEY NEED TO TEACH MORE ABOUT FEMALE SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOL. Because misogynist assholes think that because he hasn’t heard of a lot of female scientists… that that is because women DON’T want to do science, instead of the real issue being that women have a hard time being WELCOMED in the Scientific Community, or even having their hard effort and discoveries ACKNOWLEDGED, often times having their work credited to a man instead. Hell, there’s even evidence that Einstein worked WITH HIS WIFE and that the law of relativity was written by BOTH of them. Yet she is never ever mentioned. Because he took all the credit later on. Einstein was a raging misogynist. But no. Glory to Einstein. Rock on and fuck the patriarchy.
tumblr user more like tumblr loser am i right haha…I’m so sad
this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com
no okay but let me tell you a story
so at school I’m generally a pretty quiet person. I talk to a few people, I have a few friends, but I keep to myself a lot. So anyway, during lunch I’m on tumblr mobile, and this thing comes up. I put the gif onto full screen, and kind of half laugh at it. Then this guy who I have literally never talked to before walks by and then slowly back up and starts looking at my phone screen. I try to explain what I’m looking at, but really, how the hell do you explain this? Anyway, he waves over one of his friends so his friend comes over and looks at it. I’m still sitting in my chair, and we are all still completely silent. Soon more people begin to gather. 12 people, to be exact. 12 people, many of which I have never spoken to before, standing in a large, silent, ritual-esque circle around my iphone which is playing this gif on loop. After about five minutes, the first guy goes “how long is this?” and I was like “uh, its, um, its a gif, so it kind of goes on forever.” he nods and says “perfect”. These were the only words spoken throughout this whole event.
Rufus Turner appreciation for anon
don’t ever compare ‘the giving tree’ by shel silverstein to castiel and the winchesters or you will cry this has been a psa
"You know me, always happy to bleed for the Winchesters."
"AHH, WALTER, GET THE BUG"
"I am TRYING, HELEN”
I bought my friend an elephant for their room.
They said “Thank you.”
I said “Don’t mention it.”
Is there a joke here that 15 thousand people get but I don’t?
I made myself sad
you mADE EVERYBODY SAD
Sherlock: Molly!! I need the result..of…(stopped mid sentence as he saw her sad face and tears)
Molly wiped the tears off her face with both hands and gave him a forced smile.
Molly: Oh..Hi, Sherlock! I didn’t expect you to come in this late hours.
Sherlock: (frowned) Are you OK?
Molly: Of course, I am. What can I help you with?
Sherlock: I need the test result of Mr.Peterson’s blood.
Molly: It came out negative. There is no trace of any toxic metals in his blood.
Sherlock: That’s impossible!!
Molly: Unfortunately it is. You might need to look for a new theory, Sherlock.
Sherlock: (Huffed) Anyway why were you crying?
Sherlock: Don’t lie to me, Molly. You know that I will know.
Molly: (Sighed) Of course, you will. Who am I to lie to the world’s one and only genius detective?
Sherlock: Consulting detective, Molly, but that’s not the point, tell me what’s wrong.
Molly: It’s silly actually, come to think about it, not even worth a minute of your time, Sherlock.
Sherlock: Try me.
Molly: What about Mr.Peterson? You should get his case solved quickly.
Sherlock: He was already dead, Molly. I am sure he had plenty of time to wait.
Molly: (grinned faintly) I thought nothing is more important to you than your case, Sherlock.
Sherlock: (leaned closer to her) You know me too well, Molly Hooper.
Molly: Don’t tell me that I’m freaking you out too, brilliant!
Molly sat down on a lab bench nearby and covered her face with her little hands.
Sherlock: (frowned) F…reak…ing me out? I have been called “Freak” many times but have done no such thing as freaking out, Molly.
Molly: I hate it when people call you rude names. They are just jealous of you and your beautiful gift.
Sherlock: With the level of their IQ and the limitation of their brains, they should be.
Molly (chuckled): Very humbled indeed, Sherlock.
Sherlock: (Sat down beside her) Now…tell me, what’s wrong, Molly?
Molly: Can’t you tell? You must have deduced everything since the minute you stepped in here.
Sherlock: I would prefer you to tell me yourself.
Molly: You would?
Sherlock: (grinned warmly) No, you would.
Molly: (smiled back) Yes, I would. Thanks. (sighed) I’m just sick of people saying how gross my work is. Even my family is telling me to quit and find a ‘better’ thing to do. I have worked so hard to be here. It would be nice if my works are appreciated by someone.
Sherlock: I appreciate you and your work, Molly.
Molly: You do?
Sherlock: It would take me and John forever to solve the cases without your help.
Molly: You, two, would solve them eventually without me.
Sherlock: Probably yes but it would take far too much time and I would be dying of boredom by then.
Molly: There has never been a record of people dying of boredom, Sherlock. You know that, right?
Sherlock: I will be the first one.
Molly: (chuckled) No, you won’t.
Sherlock: (grinned) Take me with you.
Molly: Take you with me? Where?
Sherlock: Your family’s Christmas party, take me with you and I will make sure your relatives get the better view points of your job.
Molly: Hm? No no no no, Sherlock. There is no way I am taking you home with me.
Sherlock: Why not? John and Mary will be away as well as Mrs.Hudson. Even Graham has a plan. (looked at her with his puppy eyes) I will be left alone for the long holiday.
Molly: What about Mycroft?
Sherlock: (smirked) He lost a bet and have to take Mummy and Daddy to Switzerland.
Molly: I thought you like being alone.
Sherlock: Yes, but it would be educating to mingle with ordinary people once in a while, Molly, your family in particular.
Molly: You know what it means for a girl to take a guy home and introduce him to the family, right?
Sherlock: (frowned) Yesss…it means that they are in the serious relationship.
Molly: And you still want to go with me?
Molly: We are friends, Sherlock. I don’t think you understand what I mean.
Sherlock: I happen to take our friendship seriously.
True friendship is worthy to live and die for. Hope you like the ficlet.