Women in Astronomy

Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Vera Rubin, and Emmy Noether are just a handful of the many honorable women in astronomy. Join us in celebrating their achievements. 
By | Published: February 1, 2019 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

Get to know some of the key women who have overcome prejudice to make an impact in Astronomy. Some of the women covered in this free 10-page PDF download include:

  • Katherine Johnson and how her work as a “human computer” earned her NASA achievement awards and landed her on lists of both women’s and African Americans’ success stories.
  • Mary Jackson, an energetic young woman who smashed barriers in her advance from computer to engineer.
  • Dorothy Vaughan, one of NASA’s first black managers, who ran the segregated West Area Computing Division.
  • Vera Rubin and her discovery of dark matter, one of the most fundamental discoveries of the past century in astrophysics.
  • Emmy Noether and her never-ending impact on algebra and physics due to her theorem on the relationship between symmetries and conservation law.

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