Thursday 28 October 2021

Florence Taylor and the Leeds Astronomical Society


Florence Taylor 1865 – 1932 was born in Leeds the daughter of a wealthy iron foundry owner. There is little known about her early life but we assume that she was highly educated coming as she did from a well off family.

We do know that she joined the Leeds Astronomical Society in 1895, the Leeds AS was the oldest astronomical society in the country originally being formed in 1859 and then reformed on a more permanent basis in1890. She was the first women to present a lecture to the Leeds AS the topic was the woman astronomer Mary Somerville.

In 1898 she married Dr Hildred a Yorkshire born farmer and moved to America firstly living in in Minnesota, and then California. I have little information on what she did while in America but she certainly still had a great interest in astronomy.

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