Burbidge, Margaret

Burbidge, Margaret (Eleanor Margaret Burbidge), 1925–, Anglo-American astronomer. She was the first woman appointed director (1972–73) of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and was named (1982) president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Burbidge her husband, Geoffrey Burbidge William Fowler and Sir Fred Hoyle showed (1956) how heavier elements can be built up from lighter ones in the interiors of stars.

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