At NASA, a Caltech Professor Breaks Ground for Women (Chronicle of Higher Education)


The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Fiona A. Harrison, Dartmouth Class of 1985, and a professor of physics and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. Harrison, who studied physics at Dartmouth, is the principal investigator for NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), the first high-energy X-ray telescope.

In a profile that discusses the project, her career, and breaking new ground as a female scientist, Harrison recalls that she didn’t come to Dartmouth intending to study physics: “Then I took freshman physics, and I had a really fantastic teacher. I had him for three or four terms, and the whole time I kept thinking, ‘How can everybody not want to understand all the weird ways the universe works?’”

Read the full story, published on 5/20/2012 by the Chronicle of Higher Education(A subscription is needed to access the full story.)

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