Check out Vera's collection of essays that explore the world of astronomy...as well as a universe of related practices + philosophies. Vera is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences + was awarded a National Medal of Science in 1993. Not bad for someone denied entrance to Princeton for being a woman!
Born in Philadelphia, Vera learned to love the stars after her family relocated to Washington, D.C., where she would spend nights starring out of her bedroom window. She built her own telescope and, with the encouragement of her father the electrical engineer, studied science in college + grad school.