Beth Willman

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Beth Willman is an American astronomer and the deputy director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She was previously an associate professor of astronomy at Haverford College.[1]


Beth Willman received her B.A. in astrophysics at Columbia University. She later received a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington. Beth Willman has also been a James Arthur Fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, and a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


Beth mainly focuses her research on cosmology. Her specialty is investigating the least luminous galaxies in our known Universe.[2][3] The galaxy Willman 1, which she discovered during her postdoc, is named after her.[4]


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  2. ^ Spitz, Anna (October 2009). "Beth Willman—Enjoying New Challenges at LSST and in Philadelphia, PA". LSST E-News. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Haverford College—Beth Willman". Haverford College. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Finkbeiner, Ann (17 August 2012). "Beth Willman Really Does Have A Galaxy". The Awl. Retrieved 4 February 2015.