Astronomers have been actively watching the heavens, and tracking the movements of the planets, meteors and stars, while attempting to decipher portents or omens for major events pertaining to nations and the world. Some of the earlier recorded attempts at astronomy can be found as far back in the Book of Job, which some scholars date the account of “Job as pre-Mosaic, but the composition possibly rendered in the early second millennium B.C. during the time of the Patriarchs,” so D. Malick. Also, when Daniel was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar, as found in the Book of Daniel.
Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Daniel 1:4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science…
The field of astronomy has been primarily dominated by men, however, women have been present in the field of astronomy, but to a great degree being unsung as to their many accomplishments. However, Dr. Joseph Spradley, Professor Emeritus of Wheaton College will be engaging in a Lecture and Lunch, hosted by the Chicago Greater Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. It will be held at Papaspiros Greek Taverna, 733 Lake St., Oak Park, IL. (708) 358-1700, on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, you may contact Ms. Evelia Naranjo at firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP for the lunch. Dr. Spradley stated:
Although women comprise a small minority of scientists, and astronomers in particular, they have made major contributions in the field of astronomy. Early studies of the stars by women were often overlooked because of their close collaboration with male relatives, who received most of the recognition for their joint efforts. Several women became involved in astronomy at the end of the 19th century, especially in stellar spectroscopy at the Harvard College Observatory, where they began to make important stellar discoveries and compiled extensive star catalogs. The examples of these women have been followed by a number of women astronomers in the 20th century. The contributions of about a dozen women astronomers to our modern understanding of the stars will be described.
Dr. Spradley earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from UCLA in 1958 and has had a prestigious career, teaching at Wheaton College full time and now as Professor Emeritus as of 2007, and he is still teaching there as an Adjunct Professor. He has taught at Haigazian College in Beirut, Lebanon; Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria; the Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya; American University in Cairo, Egypt; and Shandong University in Jinan, China in the Shandong Province.
Dr. Spradley and his wife Marilyn, have been married for fifty-seven years and have four children. Marilyn Spradley attended Westmont College and graduated from Wheaton College, traveling with her husband around the world.
This promises to be a unique lecture and lunch hosted by the Greater Chicago Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality covering the topic of women astronomers.