Prof. Maria Ruiz, Princeton PhD '75, honored with Loreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

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Princeton Astrophysics Department
March 23, 2017

Five exceptional scientists receive L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

The 2017 Edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Ceremony celebrated 5 eminent women scientists and their excellence, creativity and intelligence. Each woman received an Award of 100,000 € to commend their scientific contributions in the fields of quantum physics, physical sciences and astrophysics. The Awards are presented every year to five women, one from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). Each scientist has had a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men.

Professor Maria Teresa Ruiz, PhD '75, "For discovering a new type of celestial body, halfway between a star and a planet, hidden in the darkness of the universe."

Prof. Ruiz is the first woman to have received a degree in astronomy at the University of Chile, the first female scientist to receive a PhD in astrophysics at Princeton University, and the first woman to receive her country’s National Award for Exact Sciences. Now 70, she has also just been named the first woman president of the Chilean Academy of Sciences.

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