Meg (Claudia Megan) Urry is an American astrophysicist, formerly on the Hubble space telescope faculty and was chair of Physics at Yale University 2007-2013. She is notable not only for her contributions to astronomy and astrophysics, including work on black holes and multiwavelength surveys but for her work addressing sexism and gender equity in astronomy, and science and academia more generally.
Urry earned an M.S. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984) in physics from Johns Hopkins, where her advisor was Art Davidsen. For her dissertation, she studied blazars at Goddard Space Flight Center with Richard Mushotzky. She then conducted a postdoctorate at M.I.T.'s Center for Space Research, working with Claude Canizares. Urry joined Yale's faculty in 2001, at that time as the only woman in the department, and became Chair in 2007.
Urry has been active in addressing gender inequities in astronomy and science more generally, giving more than 60 talks on the topic. With Laura Danly, Urry co-organized the first meeting of Women in Astronomy.
- 1976, 1977, N. Hobbs Knight Award for Physics from Tufts University
- 1976, Phi Beta Kappa
- 1990, Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy
- 1999, American Physical Society Fellow
- 2006, American Women in Science Fellow
- 2007, Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering
- 2008, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2012, George Van Biesbroeck Prize
- "Meg Urry" (faculty profile), Yale University
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