American astronomy writer and editor Mary Helen Wright
was born in Washington, D.C. on December 20, 1914. She obtained a Bachelor's degree and later a Master's degree in astronomy from Vassar College. After working as an assistant at a number of observatories, including Mount Wilson (1937), Vassar College Observatory (1937) and the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. (1942-1943), she became a freelance author and editor in the 1940s.
Her writing covered a wide range of scientific topics, the two books Sweeper in the Sky: The Life of Maria Mitchell
(1949) and Explorer of the Universe: A Biography of George Ellery Hale
(1966) undoubtedly being her best known works.
[Society for the History of Astronomy]