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Vera Cooper Rubin

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Some Important Publications:

This is Vera Rubin's annotated short list of some important publications.

"Rotation of the Andromeda Nebula from a Spectroscopic Survey of Emission Regions," Astrophysical Journal 159: 379 (1970), with W. K. Ford, Jr..

"Motion of the Galaxy and the Local Group Determined from the Velocity Anisotropy of Distant Sc I Galaxies." I. The Data and II. The Analysis for the Motion,   Astrophys. J. 81: 687 and 719 (1976) with W. K. Ford, Jr., N. Thonnard, and M.S. Roberts

"Rotational Properties of 21 Sc Galaxies with a Large Range of Luminosities and Radii from NGC 4605 (R=4kpc) to UGC 2885 (R=122kpc)," Astrophys. J. 238: 471 (1980), with W. K. Ford, Jr. and N. Thonnard.

"Rotation Velocities of 16 Sa Galaxies and a Comparison of Sa, Sb, and Sc Rotation Properties," Astrophys. J. 289: 81 (1985), with D. Burstein, W. K. Ford, Jr., and N. Thonnard.

"Cospatial Counterrotating Stellar Disks in the Virgo E7/S0 Galaxy NGC 4550," Astrophysical Journal (Lett.) 394: L9-L12 (1992), with J. A. Graham and J. P. D. Kennedy.

"A Century of Galaxy Spectroscopy," Astrophy. J, 451: 419 (1995)

"Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter," in Masters of Modern Physics Series. Springer Verlag/AIP Press: New York, 1997

Some Honors:

Member, National Academy of Sciences

Beatrice Tinsley Visiting Professor, University of Texas

National Medal of Science

Russell Prize of American Astronomical Society

Dickson Prize in Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (London)
[The first woman to be awarded this Medal since Caroline Herschel in 1828.]

Honorary Doctorates from:


1954-55 Instructor, Mathematics and Physics, Montgomery County Junior College
1955-65 Research Associate Astronomer, Georgetown University
1959-62 Lecturer, Georgetown University
1962-65 Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Georgetown University
1965-      Staff Member, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington


B.A. Vassar College 1948
M.A. Cornell University 1951
Ph.D. Georgetown University 1954

Sources and References consulted:

Vera Rubin and [1A N20], [amw1994], [17 MWR2], [34 WIP], [43 AL], [44 DO], [54 JSB], [58 SH].

Some recommended reading:

"Women's Work," Science (July-August 1986): 58-65. by V. Rubin

Vera Rubin's Dark Universe

Additional Information/Comments:

In 1965, Rubin became the first woman permitted to observe at the Palomar Observatory.

When George Gamow invited Rubin to visit him at the Applied Physics Laboratory,(?), they had to talk in the lobby of the Laboratory because women were not allowed in to the offices. [44 DO]

With Carnegie colleague, Kent Ford,built one of the first spectrographs to incorporate image tubes, and took it to Kitt Peak to study quasars with the new telescopes being built there. [44 DO]

Studied velocity fields of galaxies by the long-slit method in work with E. Margaret Burbidge in 1964. Their first work together was published in "A study of the velocity field in M82 and its bearing on explosive phenomena in that galaxy." E. M. Burbidge, G. R. Burbidge, and V. C. Rubin,Astrophys. J.(USA) 140: 942 (1964)

Wrote in Science Magazine "E. Margaret Burbidge, President-Elect" [s1981vcr] on the occasion of Burbidge's election as President of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sandra Faber was a student of Rubin.

Rubin is married to mathematician Robert Rubin. They have four children all of whom have doctorates in scientific fields.

Some Professional Activities:

Associate Editor, Astronomical Journal (1972-77)
Associate Editor, Astrophysical Journal Letters (1977-82)
Editorial Board, Science Magazine (1979-87)

Field Editors: Jean Turner/Nina Byers

<turner@bonnie.astro.ucla.edu>/<byers@physics.ucla.edu >

Submitted by:

Ben Johnson/Meigy Tsai
<bjonson@ucla.edu>/ <meigyt@ucla.edu>



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