Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary

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American Astronomical Society; an honorary D.Sc. from Swarthmore College; distinguished lectureships at institutions including Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, Yale University, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, MIT, the Royal Astronomical Society of London, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, UC San Francisco, and the University of Michigan. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1985, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1989. For her work on the Wide-Field Planetary Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope, she shared a Group Achievement Award from NASA in 1993.

Since 1979, Faber has been a full professor at Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz. Her husband Andrew remains a lawyer and practices in nearby San Jose. They have two daughters, Robin and Holly.


Notes
1.
Sandra Faber, in Alan Dressler, Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space ( New York: Knopf, 1994), p. 35.
2.
Sandra M. Faber, unpublished autobiographical sketch, July 12, 1995. This essay is derived largely from Faber's sketch; all subsequent quotations, including extracts, are taken from it.
3.
Ibid. See S. M. Faber, "Variations in Spectral-Energy Distributions and Absorption-Line Strengths among Elliptical Galaxies," Astrophysical Journal 179 ( 1973): 731; and S. M. Faber, "Ten-Color Intermediate-Band Photometry of Stars," Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement 10 ( 1973): 201.
4.
Faber, unpublished autobiographical sketch.
5.
See S. M. Faber and R. E. Jackson, "Velocity Dispersions and Mass-to-Light Ratios for Elliptical Galaxies," Astrophysical Journal 204 ( 1976): 668-683.
6.
S. M. Faber and J. S. Gallagher, "Masses and Mass-to-Light Ratios of Galaxies," Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics 17 ( 1979): 135-187.
7.
S. M. Faber, "Galaxy Formation via Hierarchical Clustering and Dissipation," in Astrophysical Cosmology (Proceedings of the Vatican Study Week in Cosmology and Fundamental Physics, 1982), eds. H. A. Bruck, G. V. Coyne, and M. S. Longair ( Vatican City: Specola Vaticana, 1983), p. 191; S. M. Faber, G. R. Blumenthal , J. R. Primack, and M. J. Rees, "Formation of Galaxies and Large Scale Structure with Cold Dark Matter," Nature 311 ( 1984): 517-525.
8.
Faber, unpublished autobiographical sketch.
9.
Faber, unpublished autobiographical sketch. See A. Dressler, S. M. Faber, D. Burstein , R. L. Davies, D. Lynden-Bell, R. J. Terlevich, and G. Wegner, "Spectroscopy and Photometry of Elliptical Galaxies: IV. A Large-Scale Streaming Motion in the Local Universe," Astrophysical Journal Letters 313 ( 1987): L37-L42; D. Lynden-Bell , S. M. Faber, R. L. Davies, A. Dressler, D. Burstein, R. J. Terlevich, and G. Wegner , "Spectroscopy and Photometry of Elliptical Galaxies: V. Galaxy Streaming towards the New Supergalactic Centre," Astrophysical Journal 326 ( 1988): 19.

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