|Birth||December 8, 1947|
|1970||A.B., University of California, Berkeley|
|1972||M.A., Princeton University|
Fellowship, theoretical astrophysics, Center for|
|1975||Ph.D., Princeton University|
|1976-80||Research Associate, Harvard University|
|1980-83||Assistant Professor, Harvard University|
|1983||Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory|
|1988-||Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University|
MacArthur "Genius" Award; Newcomb-Cleveland Prize,|
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Margaret Joan Geller has become one of the most widely respected cosmologists of the late twentieth century. The daughter of a crystallographer, she was born in Ithaca, New York, while her father was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. He later took a job at Bell Laboratories in Morristown, New York, where Margaret and her younger sister spent their youth. 1 Margaret has cited her father's influence as a vital factor in her career path: "He bought me a lot of toys that especially had to do with geometric things. I used to build solid shapes and play with all kinds of toys that really improved my 3-D perception. . . . I was trained by my father in that regard, whether I was going to become a scientist or not." 2 This ability to visualize the world in three dimensions has been an asset to her work on the large-scale structure of the universe. Margaret developed an acute interest in mathematics as a child and found her elementary school boring. Her parents allowed her to study algebra on her own at home instead of attending school on many occasions.
Margaret learned, even as a young child, that society was not always accepting of a girl's interest in mathematics and science: "I was somewhat aware that there was something funny about being a little girl interested in mathematics. I got messages from my teachers. One in par
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Publication information: Book title: Notable Women in the Physical Sciences:A Biographical Dictionary. Contributors: Benjamin F. Shearer - Editor, Barbara S. Shearer - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 122.
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