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The Harvard Computers (10 Mar 2004)
A century ago, it was rare for women to be employed in astronomy. But when a new photographic technique was applied to telescopes, suddenly a large workforce was needed to analyse hundreds of thousands of stars in the night sky

Men were too expensive, so Harvard College Observatory recruited a group of lowly-paid female 'computers' to do the work. Little did anyone realise that the women's diligence would lead to key discoveries about the stars and our place in the universe.
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