or knitting projects, and she enjoyed playing bridge. Cecilia also wrote poetry and was an unpublished writer of detective stories. She also started the Harvard Observatory Philharmonic Orchestra in 1949.
By 1979, Payne-Gaposchkin had completed her autobiography. During a trip with her husband, she returned early and was clearly ill. Lung cancer was diagnosed. She died in December 1979.
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