More sad news for the end of 2016: one of the world’s famous astrophysicists, Vera Rubin (1928-2016), passed away on Christmas Day.
Rubin worked under Richard Feynman (how lucky is that!) when she studied at Cornell. She got her PhD in 1954 from Georgetown university – because her first choice, Prinston’s astrophysics programme, did not admit women at that time. For her groundbreaking discoveries in astrophysics she got many prizes but her contribution to the discovery of dark matter was overlooked by the Nobel prize committee.
Read more about Vera Rubin’s life here: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/27/us/vera-rubin-dark-matter-astronomy-obit-trnd/index.html