Thursday, March 22, 2012

I have seen the future, and she wears Carhartts and lipstick

Imagine my delight to glance at the front page of my latest APS News and see this:

Why, it's a woman physicist! Of a generation when women physicists were even rarer than they are today, which is rare enough already! It turns out, she is Kate Kirby, and she has quite an outstanding biography:

Kate Kirby received her A.B. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1967 and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1972. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard College Observatory (1972-73), she was appointed as research physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy (1973-86, and 2003 - present). From 1988 to 2001 she served as an Associate Director at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, heading the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division. In 2001 she was appointed Director of the NSF-funded Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard and Smithsonian.

She is also wearing ruby red pumps and rocking, it must be said, a fantastic pair of gams. My, how happy this makes me! It's like I've mentioned several times before, women today don't have to look, talk, or dress like men to succeed in male-dominated fields. Yay for second-wave feminism! As for me, I'll not be burning my bras any time soon!

1 comment:

mdr said...

:-) :-) :-)