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In Vera Rubin: A Life, prolific science writers Jacqueline Mitton and Simon Mitton provide a detailed, accessible overview of Rubin’s work, showing how she leveraged immense curiosity, profound intelligence, and novel technologies to help transform our understanding of the cosmos. But Rubin’s impact was not limited to her contributions to scientific knowledge. She also helped to transform scientific practice by promoting the careers of women researchers. Not content to be an inspiration, Rubin was a mentor and a champion. She advocated for hiring women faculty, inviting women speakers to major conferences, and honoring women with awards that were historically the exclusive province of men.

Rubin’s papers and correspondence yield vivid insights into her life and work, as she faced down gender discrimination and met the demands of family and research throughout a long and influential career. Deftly written, with both scientific experts and general readers in mind, Vera Rubin is a portrait of a woman with insatiable curiosity about the universe who never stopped asking questions and encouraging other women to do the same.

Harvard University Press catalog entry page for Vera Rubin A life view here

Harvard University Press Q&A feature about author Jacqueline Mitton view here

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

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"... brims with insight into Rubin’s commitment to getting more women into astronomy and her deep fascination with the mysteries of the universe."

Reviewed in Science 17 February 2021, by Joanna Behrman of the Center for the History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, College Park, Maryland view here

News feature in Smithsonian Magazine VIP Newsletter, by Kathleen Burke, Senior Editor view here

Transcript of an interview with author Jacqueline Mitton for the Ex Libris Universum blog (Corinne Mona), American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives. Jacqueline recounts the enriching experience of working with the materials of the Niels Bohr Library and Archives for this biography of Vera Rubin. view here

Jacqueline Mitton's webinar on "Vera Rubin: the life and legacy of a remarkable astronomer", presented on February 10, 2021 for the British Astronomical Association.