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The mother of dark matter who improved our understanding of universe, Vera Rubin dies at 88

Vera Rubin, the Founder of Dark Matter Dies At 88

Renowned astrophysicist Vera Rubin, who is known as the mother of Dark Matter passed on Sunday. The girl, who transformed the basic concept of physics and astronomy with her revolutionary invention of Dark Matter, departed her life at 88 years, on 25th December 2016. Carnegie Institution of Washington, where Vera Rubin worked as staff astronomer since a long time, announced her death.

Vera Rubin was born Vera Florence Cooper on 23rd July 1928 in Philadelphia and died on 25th December 2016 at the age of 88. She was the younger daughter of Philip Cooper. She was a famous American Cosmologist who broke new grounds on the rotation rate of the galaxy. Only at the age of 10, she started participating experiments of celestial motions. She was the one who discovered the incongruity stuck between the believed angular motion of galaxies and the experiential motion, by experimenting on the colossal rotary motion curves. This theory of Vera Rubin, later called “galaxy rotation problem”. And her effort to enlighten the problem of galaxy rotation led her towards the phenomenal theory of dark matter.

Dr. Rubin always had a deep rooted love of the stars. She was the one who opened the door of astronomy for women, a championed lady of science whose aim was to go to the subterranean level of mysterious space and cosmological system. Her work introduced a Copernican-scale change in inestimable awareness; especially the acknowledgment that what astronomers dependably observed and believed was the universe is only a discernible tip of a stumbling chunk of ice of enigma.

In acknowledgment of her accomplishments, Vera Rubin was selected for the National Academy of Sciences award. Again in 1993, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton. However, in her entire space voyage, Rubin has never looked for recognition or acknowledgment; rather she always focused on the individual fulfillment of logical revelation.

Her colleagues and associates said, “Vera Rubin was a “guiding light” for the female astronomers. Her granddaughter, the poetess Elyria Rose Little, wrote a poem for Rubin on the day of her passing aptly titled M31 – the Messier catalogue’s designation for the Andromeda galaxy.

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