Professors Bahcall and Knapp and alum Peiris tell their stories in "The Sky is for Everyone"

July 6, 2022

Princetonians Neta Bahcall, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, and Director of Undergraduate Studies; Gillian Knapp, Emerita Professor of Astrophysical Sciences; and Hiranya Peiris *03, Professor of Astrophysics at the University College London, tell their stories in the new book The Sky is for Everyone.  The book, which came out on June 21st,  is a collection of autobiographical essays by over 30 women astronomers from 20 countries who broke down barriers in this once male-dominated field.

The Sky is for Everyone has already received rave reviews.  Publishers Weekly calls the book an “uplifting anthology… Filled with moving testimonies and awe-inspiring discoveries, this is a wonderful tribute to the joys of science and the tough road many women had on the way to forging their careers.” lists it as one of the five new book recommendations for the month of June.

Dava Sobel, best selling author of The Glass Universe, praises the new collection: “I thought I had written the definitive book about women in astronomy, but I bow to The Sky Is for Everyone. Its authors are the observatory directors, the university professors, the leaders of the international research teams that launch telescopes into space and draw down the secrets of the cosmos, each one telling her own story of a life in science.”

Congratulations to Neta, Jill, and Hiranya!  You can purchase a copy of The Sky is for Everyone from Princeton University Press.


Edited 10/3/2022

Neta Bahcall and Gillian Knapp were featured on the University website in an interview about the recently released The Sky is for Everyone, read the full story here.


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