Virginia Louise Trimble

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Virginia Louise Trimble is an astronomer specializing in the structure and evolution of stars and galaxies, and the history of astronomy.


While attending UCLA in 1962, Trimble was the subject of a Life article titled "Behind a Lovely Face, a 180 I.Q.".[1] She received her B.A. from UCLA in 1964 and her Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. Trimble joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1971, where she is now Professor of astronomy. From the time that she married Maryland Professor Joseph Weber, a pioneer in gravitational wave physics, until 2002, she spent half of each academic year as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is famous for an annual review of astrophysics that was published in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. During at least 2000, she was vice president of the International Astronomical Union and the American Astronomical Society.[2]


A selection of her publications includes:

  • Astrophysics in 2003, The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 116, Issue 817, pp. 187–265 (2004).
  • Cosmic Discoveries, Sky and Telescope, February 1999, 32-40.
  • Can't You Keep Einstein's Equations out of my Observatory?, BeamLine 29, No. 1, p 21-25 (1999).
  • Limits on the Chirality of Interstellar and Intergalactic Space, Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy 17, 17-21 (1996).
  • Productivity and Impact of Large Optical Telescopes, Scientometrics 36, 237-246 (1996).
  • Parallaxes and Proper Motions of Prototypes of Astrophysically Interesting Classes of Stars, Astronomical Journal 115, 358-360 (1998).
  • Trimble, Virginia Louise (October 1973), "The Distance to the Crab Nebula and NP 0532", Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 85 (507): 579, Bibcode:1973PASP...85..579T, doi:10.1086/129507 
  • Trimble, Virginia Louise (September 1968), "Motions and Structure of the Filamentary Envelope of the Crab Nebula", Astronomical Journal 73: 535, Bibcode:1968AJ.....73..535T, doi:10.1086/110658 


Keynote Speaking[edit]

12-April-1980: Re-dedication ceremony keynote speaker at the Buffalo State College Planetarium (now the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium[4]) in Buffalo, NY.


  1. ^ "Behind a Lovely Face, a 180 I.Q.". Life. 1962-10-19. pp. 98–99. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Trimble, Virginia Louise (January 1, 2000), "Looking backward: Themes of 20th-century astronomy", Sky and Telescope 99 (1): 50, Bibcode:2000S&T....99a..50T, ISSN 0037-6604 
  3. ^ "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Ferguson Planetarium

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