Alumna Who Discovered Evidence of Dark Matter Inspires Global Symposium

Vera Rubin (G'54)

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Vera Rubin (G'54)

June 28, 2019 ā€“ A symposium honoring Vera Rubin (Gā€™54), one of the most important American astrophysicists of the 20th century, took place this week at Georgetown, where she received a Ph.D. and began her career as a researcher and professor.

Rubin, who passed away in 2016, pioneered the study of galaxy rotation rates that provided definitive evidence for the existence of dark matter and was also a strong advocate for women in science.

She was one of the first women to receive a doctoral degree at the university.

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