Astronomer Virginia Trimble: ‘There were 14 women on the Caltech campus when I arrived in 1964’

Virginia Trimble, 78, is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, whose astronomy career spans more than 50 years. She has studied the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies and the universe and published more than 1,000 works. She co-edited The Sky Is for Everyone, a new collection of 37 autobiographical essays by distinguished female astronomers. Each tells of the barriers they have overcome to change the face of modern astronomy. Trimble became friendly with the physicist Richard Feynman by modelling for him.

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