Huggins, Margaret Lindsay (née Murray) (1848–1915)

Margaret Lindsay Huggins

Credit: Wellesley College.

Margaret Huggins was a self-taught Irish astronomer who did extensive work in spectroscopy and photography. She spent much time studying Orion Nebula and was the first, along with her husband (married 1875), William Huggins, to realize that some nebulae, such as the Orion Nebula, consisted of amorphous gases rather than clusters of stars as then generally believed.