The 2009 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is presented to Sandra Faber for extraordinary advances in our knowledge of the properties of distant galaxies, dark matter, large scale structure of the Universe, and black holes in galactic nuclei; and for innovative leadership in the development of astronomical facilities.
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Interviewee: Sandra M. Faber, University Professor
Astronomer, University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory
Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
Subject: The Cosmos Award: Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
Professor Sandra Faber has been a hero of mine for years not only for her groundbreaking work but for her wonderful enlightened ability to express that she does not know what the big picture is as far as the larger structure and nature of the universe goes. While others in science are busy celebrating that “we now know” the story of the universe, it’s near exacting origins and age, etc., making fools of themselves in my opinion, she has always been a shining light of brilliance, inspiration, and wisdom.