Nancy Grace Roman, a former NASA executive often referred to as the "Mother" The Hubble Space Telescope, died at the age of 93.
Roman, a longtime employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the first woman to hold a senior executive position in the agency, reported the Associated Press.After her PhD in Astronomy at the University of Chicago in 1949, Roman joined the NASA's Space Administration Office in 1959 as the first Chief of Astronomy. NASA's headquarters and remained in that role for nearly twenty years until her retirement in 1979. 19659005] She has been involved in such groundbreaking programs as the Cosmic Background Explorer, and as her informal title suggests, is the popular Hubble Space Telescope.
Roman is in memory because of her work in promoting career opportunities for women through the American Association of University Women ng, the Washington Post reported. Roman is said to have overcome significant barriers throughout his education and career, at a time when there were few women in their field, especially at the executive level. Most frequently, the early development of the Hubble program is encouraged, particularly in terms of funding and proposals.
By mail, in his book "The Universe in the Mirror," author and space historian Robert Zimmerman wrote: "In the 1960s and early 1970s, NASA had no one more important than the first drafts and concepts for it Hubble funded and completed. "
According to NASA, Roman Women in Aerospace's Lifetime & # 39; to the Awards and Honors Achievement Award, the NASA Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements and, among others, the NASA Award for Outstanding Scientific Leadership. Last year, Roman was honored as part of a fan-designed Lego set honoring NASA women, including pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
Roman died on Tuesday after a persistent illness. According to the post office, she is not survived by any immediate family member.
[Associated Press, Washington Post]