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Faber, S. M. (Sandra M.)
Oral history interview with Sandra Faber, 1988 October 15.
Interview covers Sandra Faber's childhood experiences; parental background; early reading; early preference for steady state model; relationship between questions and answers in science; confusion over being a woman and being a scientist; lack of female role models in science; education at Swarthmore and the influence of Sarah Lee Lippincott there; graduate work at Harvard; husband's job; graduate work at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism; influence of Vera Rubin; early results of dark matter by Morton Roberts in the late 1960s; thesis work on photometric studies of elliptical galaxies; community's attitude toward excess mass in rotation curves in the late 1960s; motivation for work on the Faber-Jackson relationship between luminosity and velocity dispersion; motivation for work with the Seven Samurai (Burstein, Davies, Dressler, Faber, Lynden-Bell, Terlevich, and Wegner) on peculiar velocities; attitude of the community toward the Seven Samurai work on peculiar velocities; attitude toward the big bang assumption of homogeneity; attitudes toward the horizon problem, the inflationary universe model, missing matter, the flatness problem; discussion of what types of problems can be addressed in cosmology; attitude toward Center for Astrophysics (CfA) red shift surveys by de Lapparent, Margaret Geller, and John Huchra; importance of understanding how large-scale structure is formed; issues of gender in science and the experience of being a woman in science; the ideal design of the universe; the question of whether the universe has a point.
(1944- ): Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University (1972); has worked at Lick Observatory of the University of California at Santa Cruze and is a professor of astronomy there; member of the National Academy of Science; scientific interests include stellar spectroscopy and stellar populations in galaxies, the formation, structure, and evolution of galaxies, the study of clusters of galaxies, and cosmological applications.
Burstein, Elias, 1917-
Davies, Roger L.
Dressler, Alan Michael
Faber, S. M. (Sandra M.)
Geller, Margaret J.
Huchra, John P.
Lippincott, Sara
Lynden-Bell, D.
Roberts, Morton S.
Rubin, Vera C., 1928-
Terlevich, Roberto
Wegner, Gary A.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Harvard University.
Swarthmore College.
Astronomical photometry
Big bang theory
Dark matter (Astronomy)
Galaxies
Inflationary universe.
Red shift
Steady state cosmology.
Women astronomers.
Women in science
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Lightman, Alan P., 1948-, interviewer.
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American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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