Trimble, Virginia Louise

Virginia Louise Trimble

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

Trimble received her B.A. from UCLA in 1964 and her Ph.D from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. She joined the faculty of the University of California, Irvine in 1971, where she is presently Professor of astronomy. From the time that she married Maryland Professor Joe Weber 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 she publishes 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.

Trimble was married to physicist Joseph Weber, a pioneer of gravitational wave research.

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

Trimble, Virginia Louise (September 1968), "Motions and Structure of the Filamentary Envelope of the Crab Nebula", Astronomical Journal 73: 535

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