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Somerville Unisex t-shirt

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Design Information

Mary Somerville, 1782 – 1872

Mary was self taught in mathematics, astronomy, geology, and physics.

Her father sent her to a boarding school to learn to read and write at the age of 9.

During her earlier years, while her father was at sea with the navy, she had spent much of her life walking along the beach, collecting shells and other marine oddities.

Opportunities to learn mathematics were restricted. She was expected to learn needlework, and how to play the piano, skills deemed by her mother to be appropriate for a young woman.

By age of 15 she was learning geometry and astronomy in secret by candlelight, with the disapproval of her mother.

In desperation her parents found her a husband. But he also did not support her in her pursuit of mathematics and science.

After three years, he died and Mary returned to Scotland, and there she married Dr Somerville, who took her to London and encouraged her in her studies.

A pivotal turning point in Mary's life was translating “Mechanisms of the Heavens" with  a supplement explaining and solving the equations it contained, equations which no one else could manage.

Her major book was on the “Connexions of the Physical Sciences”.

One of the difficulties she encountered while calculating the position of Uranus was it always seemed to be moving, and she suggested there may be undiscovered planets nearby. Eventually that planet was discovered, named Neptune.

Mary Somerville was the first person to be described as a scientist.

During a lifetime promoted woman having access to higher education.

Garment Details and Specifications

This t-shirt is everything you've dreamed of and more. It feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for all.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Blank product sourced from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US

This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!

Size guide

XS (cm) 68.6 42 78.7-86.4
S (cm) 71.1 45.7 86.4-94
M (cm) 73.7 50.8 96.5-104.1
L (cm) 76.2 55.9 106.7-114.3
XL (cm) 78.7 61 116.8-124.5
2XL (cm) 81.3 66 127-134.6