Vibert Douglas

1981 EX16. Discovered 1981 Mar. 6 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in memory of Alice Vibert Douglas (18941988), the pioneer in the teaching of astronomy at McGill University and later dean of women at Queen's University {see planet (5457)}. Her research interests included spectroscopic absolute magnitudes of stars and the Stark effect in stellar atmospheres. An authority on historical astronomy, she was the biographer of Eddington {see planet (2761)}, as well as an early advocate of an increased role for women in science. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. (M 13481)

Name suggested and citation prepared by C. J. Cunningham, endorsed by P. M. Millman.

Obituaries published in Phys. Today, Vol. 42, No. 7, p. 88-89 (1989); J. R. Astron. Soc. Can., Vol. 82, No. 6, p. 309-311 (1988).

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