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Debra Elmegreen

American astronomer

1952   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Harvard University, Princeton University
occupation: astronomer, astrophysicist
position held: president

Debra Meloy Elmegreen (born November 23, 1952 in South Bend, Indiana) is an American astronomer. She was the first woman to graduate from Princeton University with a degree in astrophysics, and she was the first female post-doctoral researcher at the Carnegie Observatories. Since 1985, she has been a professor of astronomy at Vassar College. She wrote an astronomy textbook published by Prentice Hall in 1997. She served as president of the American Astronomical Society from 2010-2012, and on August 30, 2018 was named President-elect of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at the group’s 30th triennial General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.
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