Vera Rubin

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Vera Rubin (born July 23, 1928) is an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. Her opus magnus was the uncovering of the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomena became known as the galaxy rotation problem.


  • Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.
    • Vera Rubin (1997). Bright Galaxies, Dark Matters. Springer. p. 219. ISBN 1563962314. 
  • Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions.

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