Oral History Interviews

Interviews that offer unique insights into the lives, works, and personalities of modern scientists

Interviews range in date from the early 1960s to the present and cover the major areas and discoveries of physics from the past 100 years. More about our oral history collection.

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Thursday, 13 July 1978
University of California, Santa Cruz

Discusses her childhood and education; her developing interest in astronomy; studying with C. C. L. Gregory at the University of London Observatory and University College; her thesis work on the variations in Gamma Cassiopeia; meeting and marrying Geoffrey Burbidge; discrimination against women in the Carnegie Followships; the conflict between her work and having a family; the decision to go to the U.S.