the Société Royale des Sciences de Liège, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Margaret has been awarded twelve honorary degrees and a number of other honors. In addition to the previously mentioned Helen B. Warner Prize, she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1964, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1968, and the National Academy of Sciences in 1978. Margaret was the first woman recipient of the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1982, honoring a lifetime of achievement and distinguished service to astronomy. On February 27, 1985, she was one of 19 prominent scientists awarded the National Medal of Science; in 1988 she received the Albert Einstein World Award of Science Medal. In 1971, Margaret had declined to accept the Annie J. Cannon Prize given by the American Astronomical Society because the award was restricted to women. She explained, "It is high time that discrimination in favor of, as well as against, women in professional life be removed."8
Appointed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) team, Burbidge worked to perfect a "faint-object spectrograph" for the 1984 shuttle. 9 She has also served on scientific committees that planned and equipped the Hubble space telescope.
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