The Bright Face Behind the Dark Sides of Galaxies

Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 960-961
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.960

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Vera Rubin has raised four scientists, measured the rotations of galaxies, and advanced the cause of women in astronomy--usually in that order. To celebrate one of the most distinctive careers in 20th century astronomy, a constellation of noted astronomers gathered last month for a symposium at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Washington, D.C. Rubin, now 73, listened to presentations on the nature of galaxies, nearly all of them influenced by her pioneering studies on how galaxies revolve within massive shrouds of "dark matter."