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Fame is fleeting. My numbers mean more to me than my name. If astronomers are still using my data years from now, that's my greatest compliment.
Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.
We became astronomers thinking we were studying the universe, and now we learn that we are just studying the 5 or 10 percent that is luminous.
The joy and fun of understanding the universe we bequeath to our grandchildren — and to their grandchildren. With over 90% of the matter in the universe still to play with, even the sky will not be the limit.
In a spiral galaxy, the ratio of dark-to-light matter is about a factor of ten. That's probably a good number for the ratio of our ignorance-to-knowledge. We're out of kindergarten, but only in about third grade.
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July 23, 1928
December 25, 2016
Vera Rubin was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves.
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