NASA Administrator Statement on Nancy Grace Roman
“The NASA family and the entire astronomical community are saddened by the news of the death of Nancy Grace Roman. To many of us, she was simply known as the “Hubble Mother”. The first woman to take a management position at the agency, Nancy, received her doctorate in astronomy in 1949 at the University of Chicago.
Although her work on the Hubble Space Telescope is well documented, her most important legacy may be her work on enhancing the role of women in science. She first became interested in the stars for about 11 years, and her dedication and aspiration led her to the top of her profession, which was deeply respected and admired by scientists from all over the world. In 1964 she was even named an asteroid in her honor.
Our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nancy. Her contribution goes far beyond her work at NASA, as generations of young men and women, inspired by her commitment and achievements, continue to strive for the stars. ”
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