Office of the Chancellor

Jan 13 - Virginia Trimble

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Virginia Trimble

Virginia Trimble

Virginia Trimble is a native southern Californian and graduate of Hollywood High School, UCLA, and Caltech, with honorary degrees from the Universities of Cambridge (an MA) and Valencia (a dott.h.c.).  When she joined UCI in fall of 1971, she was the youngest member of the physics department, and also for the next 15 years the only woman and the only astronomer there.  She is now the oldest member, with lots of lovely female and astronomical colleagues. Her research started with astronomical objects like white dwarfs, supernovae, and black holes, and has gradually evolved to history and sociology of physics and astronomy.  She has held governance positions in many professional associtions (generally reaching her level of incompetence at about the level of vice president), and half a dozen or so have awarded her fellowships and other awards in recent years.  Her favorite singer is Enrico Caruso and her favorite violinist Fritz Kreisler.  For nearly 30 years, she shared appointments at UCI and the University of Maryland with her husband, Joseph Weber, the first physicist to search for gravitational waves.