Dr Vera <I>Cooper</I> Rubin

Dr Vera Cooper Rubin

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Dec 2016 (aged 88)
Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 174497016 · View Source
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Astronomer. She will be remembered for her groundbreaking research which proved the existence of Dark Matter. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Washington DC, her father was an electrical engineer. Influenced by her father, she pursued an interest in Science and Astronomy and by her early teens, she had created a homemade telescope. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy from Vassar College and later received her Master of Arts from Cornell University. She served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University from 1955 until 1965 and followed this with a research position at Carnegie Institute in Washington, where she specialized in the study of galaxies. She paired with Kent Ford and the result was specific evidence that various amounts of dark matter existed in more than 200 galaxies which were researched. In 1993, she was awarded the Presidential National Medal of Science by President Clinton. Her book "Bright Galaxies, Dark Matters" was published in 1997.

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