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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.
Focuses on work during his graduate student years at Yerkes Observatory with Stewart L. Sharpless under the supervision of William Morgan. Morgan’s use of HII regions of spiral arms, the Greenstein-Henyey camera, AAS meeting; death of his father; other astronomers’ spiral arms and methods; OB stars; doctoral thesis; improvements in infrared photography of galaxies. Also prominently mentioned are: Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade, Bait Jan Bok, Butler Burton, Arthur D. Code, Jesse Leonard Greenstein, Louis Henyey, James E. Miller, Rudolph Leo Bernhard Minkowski, Stanley Owen Morgan, B.