Judith Pipher

Dr. Judith Pipher takes us through her early years as a girl charting the stars, her education and training, and her career as a trail-blazing professional astronomer. In this interview, “The mother of infrared astronomy” tells us about inventing and using the specialized cameras that dramatically expanded the reach of telescopes, enabling us to glimpse distant reaches of the universe and better understand its history. Along the way, we hear what its like to discover and nurture one’s intellectual passion while working as a woman in what continues to be a mostly male field. Her stories and reflections form an inspiring constellation of their own: a picture of women in science in the twentieth century and beyond.

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Daniel Hastings: Recording       Bree von Bradsky: Editing