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Who Was Vera Rubin? A Look At The Life Of This Legendary Woman

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Photo via Photograph: Carnegie Institution / AP / The Guardian
Photo via Photograph: Carnegie Institution / AP / The Guardian

2016 has taken a lot away from us, and celebrities and thinkers of our time leaving us all in the same months kind of left the world uncomfortable and sad. However, some names are better remembered than others, and not always for the right reasons.

One big name that has left us and hasn’t, we think, been correctly remembered is Vera Rubin. An astronomer and certainly an important one — she helped to find evidence of dark matter, for one thing — Rubin has been awarded several times for her scientific contribution, including becoming the second female astronomer elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

As a young woman, in a time when some universities still didn’t allow women to enroll in astronomy programs, she managed to seek her passion all the way through her doctorate, before proceeding to explore galaxies. Rubin left us shortly before Christmas at the age of 88.

If you are all into women and space, there is more material for you. Guess who beat Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the box office? Hidden Figures, a movie directed by Theodore Melfi about a trio of African-American women essential to NASA to bring the man on the moon, no less.

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