The pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin is known globally for discovering powerful evidence of dark matter in the universe.
But Rubin, who died Sunday at age 88, is also renowned for her passionate efforts to make space for women in the male-dominated field of astronomy.
The astronomer was never awarded a Nobel Prize in physics, despite her ground-breaking work and her supporters’ efforts to highlight Rubin’s achievements to the committee. In fact, no woman has won the prize for physics in more than five decades.
Vera Rubin (neé Connor), was born July 23, 1928, in Philadelphia. She began working in astronomy at a time when no woman had worked inside the Palomar Observatory, a world-renowned research facility in San Diego, California. Read more…