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Women in Astronomy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor)

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will celebrate the contributions of some remarkable female astronomers including the fundamental discoveries made by: Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin, who established the connection between stellar spectra and star composition. || Caroline Lucretia Herschel, who discovered several comets and was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science. || Vera Rubin, whose work on galaxy rotation led to the theory of dark matter. || Beatrice Muriel Hill Tinsley, who made fundamental contributions to understanding how galaxies evolve, grow and die. || Rebecca Anne Wood Elson, who both studied galaxy formation and was a well-respected author of poetry and essays about astronomy and the human experience. Bell Burnell will conclude by reviewing the position of women in astrophysics today.

ASL interpretation will be provided.

The Mohler Prize Public Lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the Department of Astronomy Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge—work recognized by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford, a Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, and (the first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh—Scotland’s Academy.