BITS – TBT (1882) Trouvelot’s Astronomical Illustrations

In ALL, BITS by Alex Pedersen

Over his lifetime, French artist and astronomer Étienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827-1895) created over 7000 illustrations based on his astronomical observations. His greatest works were published in 1882 as The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings. Trouvelot’s work caught the attention of the Harvard College Observatory, where he was later invited to work. During his career he published more than 50 scientific papers, but remains best known for his stunning artworks depicting planets, constellations, and space. Today, The New York Public Library Digital Collections hosts Trouvelot’s drawings online with free access to the public.

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

Étienne Leopold Trouvelot

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Alex Pedersen

Alex Pedersen

Alex is a critical scholar and social scientist. During her degrees, Alex recognized a dearth of knowledge transfer between the academy and the general public. To address this gap, she extends her empirical research through multiple mediums including: publications, formal lectures, public speaking events, radio, theatre and photography. In diversifying access to her research, Alex honed a unique set of skills to plan, design and produce events for a wide variety of audiences. To date, she was responsible for several successful lecture series, community events and fundraisers across diverse settings. Most notably, Alex organized and implemented the 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship and was an advisor for the “Free Queen’s” Steering Committee (an initiative encouraging graduates to bring their work to the wider public). In addition, she has written numerous successful grant applications. An activist at heart, Alex advocates for critical thinking in and beyond academic institutions.