A Century of Braving the Elements: A 100th Birthday Salute to Astronomer Margaret Burbidge

Eleanor Margaret Peachey Burbidge (1919- )
Margaret Burbidge with astronomical images (ESVA)
Geoffrey and Margaret Burbidge with William Fowler (Caltech Archives)
Arthur C. Clarke

One interesting student was Arthur C. Clarke… I was running the practical class then, which was using the smaller telescope, the 8-inch telescope, and using theodolites for navigation, those kinds of things. And the beginning students were coming back to University College, and were coming out also. Arthur C. Clarke came in a group of those…

Annie Jump Cannon Award

I believe that it is high time that discrimination in favor of, as well as against women in professional life be removed, and a prize restricted to women is in this category.

One of Margaret Burbidge’s many seminal papers, published in 1967
One of Burbidge’s final papers, jointly written and published in 2006
Vera Rubin (left) and Margaret Burbidge in Cambridge, England (1990s)

Margaret Burbidge has met each challenge of her career with brilliance, with originality, with dedicated hard work, and with grace. She has been a mentor to students and young astronomers. She was a role model for many, even before we knew the word. Thank you, Margaret.



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Paul Halpern

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Physicist and science writer. Author of Synchronicity: The Epic Quest to Understand the Quantum Nature of Cause and Effect