We’ve seen a lot of pioneers and trailblazers leave us in 2016 (what a depressing year!), so today we are celebrating renowned astrophysicist Vera Rubin, who passed away on Christmas Day this past Sunday.
After attending Cornell University (Princeton did not accept women in its astrology program at the time), Vera got her Ph.D at Georgetown in 1958 and went on to become the first woman to observe at Caltech’s Palomar Observatory in the 1960’s. She was a scholar, a teacher, a mentor, and her work proved one of the biggest scientific discoveries EVER: the existence of dark matter. She fought all her life for the inclusion of women in ALL of the sciences.
“I live and work with three basic assumptions:
1) There is no problem in science that can be solved by a man that cannot be solved by a woman.
2) Worldwide, half of all brains are in women.
3) We all need permission to do science, but, for reasons that are deeply ingrained in history, this permission is more often given to men than to women.”