Chloe Angeline Stickney Hall
A prime example of this
occurred at the USNO with one of our most
prominent astronomers, Asaph Hall who
discovered the two moons of Mars. Hall was
fortunate enough to marry Chloe Angeline
Stickney, a woman who had been his
mathematics professor in college.
During their days together as teacher and student, Hall and his classmates would devise questions and problems that they were convinced Miss Stickney could not solve, yet she never failed to solve them.
Angeline Stickney gave up her career to marry Asaph Hall, she took an active interest in her husband's career. In fact it was she who petitioned Captain Gilliss via letter to promote her husband to Professor of Mathematics. Captain Gilliss embraced this suggestion, replying to Mrs. Hall that she could hereafter address her husband as "Professor" Hall. Asaph Hall himself acknowledged the contribution his wife made to his success in astronomy when speaking of his discovery of Demios and Phobos; "The chance of finding a satellite appeared to be very slight, so that I might have abandoned the search had it not been for the encouragement of my wife." However Mr. Hall drew the line when Mrs. Hall demanded a man's wage while she assisted her husband in his computations, when he refused her, she refused to continue that work.
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