For the work she did at Harvard College Observatory and at Mount Wilson and Palomar, Swope was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize in 1968 from the American Astronomical Society. Her alma mater, Barnard College, awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Award in 1975 and its Medal of Distinction "for her work in developing careful and precise methods for the measurement of faint stars" in 1980. 13 In 1975, Swope received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Basel.
Henrietta Swope gave a large gift to Las Campanas Observatory in Chile after her retirement, to enable the purchase of a 40-inch telescope for that observatory. This telescope was named in Swope's honor. 14 She died in 1980 in Pasadena, California.
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