Women In STEAM Fields

Vera Rubin


Astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates and dark matter. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. This phenomenon became known as the galaxy rotation problem, and was evidence of the existence of dark matter. Rubin spent her life advocating for women in science and was known for her mentorship of aspiring women astronomers. More…