Science: The Stargazer

To her neighbors in La Jolla, Calif., British-born Margaret Burbidge is an attractive woman in her 40s with a quiet, self-effacing manner. To her fellow scientists, she is also one of the foremost astronomers in the world, the wife of Physicist Geoffrey Burbidge, and the explorer of stars, galaxies and quasars. Yet, for all her success, the female half of the scientific team of B² (B square)—as their colleagues call the Burbidges—has faced many of the difficulties usually experienced by women who dare to venture into the male-dominated world of science.

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