Famous and Noteworthy Astronomers

George Carruthers: Telescope Maker and Lunar Pioneer

Astronomer and engineer George Carruthers (1939–2020) designed and built the first observatory on another world.

Famous and Noteworthy Astronomers

Dara Norman, Astronomer and Astronomy-Enabler

After delving into the connection between quasars and gravitational lensing, Dara Norman pivoted to paving the way for astronomers to do the work they love.

Gibor Basri

Famous and Noteworthy Astronomers

Gibor Basri: Brown Dwarf Pioneer

The astronomer’s stellar studies led to the first confirmed discovery of a “failed star” and played a critical role in getting the Kepler Space Telescope off the ground.

Famous and Noteworthy Astronomers

Benjamin Banneker: Self-taught Astronomer

The story of astronomer and polymath Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806) is one of dignity and ingenuity against the backdrop of slavery and racism.

Margot Lee Shetterly

African American astronomers

The “Hidden Figures” Who Helped Win the Space Race

The movie Hidden Figures portrays the untold story of three African-American women who played an important role in the 1960s space race. The film serves to inspire future generations.

Famous and Noteworthy Astronomers

Arthur B. C. Walker II: X-ray Astrophysicist

African American physicist, Arthur B.C. Walker Jr. (1936-2001), helped develop solar telescopes to image the Sun’s corona.