María Teresa Ruiz

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María Teresa Ruiz
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María Teresa Ruiz in 2015
Born (1946-09-24) 24 September 1946 (age 71)
Santiago de Chile
Nationality Chilean
Known for discovering kelu 1

María Teresa Ruiz (born 24 September 1946) is a Chilean astronomer. She was the first woman to receive Chile's National Prize for Exact Sciences.[1]


Ruiz was born in Santiago de Chile in 1946. She was the first woman to successfully study astronomy at the University of Chile,[1] the first female scientist to receive a PhD in astrophysics at Princeton University, and in 1997 became the first woman to receive her country's National Prize for Exact Sciences.[2] Also, she received a postdoctoral position at Tiestre Observatory, Ruiz worked for two years in UNAM, the Institute of Astronomy in Mexico.

Ruiz did research at Trieste, Mexico and New York City before she gained a Guggenheim fellowship. She discovered Kelu 1, a brown dwarf.[1]

As of May 2016, she is a member of the Chilean Academy of Science and a professor at the University of Chile,[3] where she teaches astronomy. She is also a member of the Centro de Astrofísica CATA (CATA Centre for Astrophysics).[4]


  • Presidential Chair in Science, 1996
  • Chancellor's Medal, University of Chile, 1996
  • Sciences National Award, 1997
  • Chancellor's Medal, University of Chile, 1998
  • Fellow of the Academy of Sciences since, 1998
  • Labarca Merit Award, 2000
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Staff (17 March 2005). "María Teresa Ruiz: Una mente brillante (A Beautiful Mind)". Universia Chile. Retrieved 2012-10-20.  (in Spanish),
  2. ^ "Prof. Maria Ruiz, Princeton PhD '75, honored with Loreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award | Department of Astrophysical Sciences". Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Scientists to analyze possible red tide-salmon dumping link". Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd. May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ ""UN PASEO POR EL UNIVERSO", PROFESORA MARÍA TERESA RUIZ". Chilean Academy of Science (in Spanish). September 7, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Announcement of Laureates of 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

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