Disability, goofy wig no hindrance to scientific achievement
YORKSHIRE, England--When he began observing stars with his friends and
neighbors, the Pigotts, 17-year-old John Goodricke never dreamed that
two years later the
of London would present him with
the prestigious Godfrey Copley science medal.
Goodricke, deaf since birth, merited the honor through his patient
observation and measurement of the star Algol's variability.
Goodricke would later be credited with the discovery of an entirely
new class of variable stars -- the short period Cepheid variables, so named
for the first star of its type discovered, delta Cephei.