Virginia Trimble is a native Californian and graduate of Hollywood High School,
UCLA (BA astronomy & physics), Caltech (MS, PhD astronomy), and Cambridge
University. Her current interests include structure and evolution of planets,
stars, galaxies, and the universe, and of the communities of scientists who
study them, though her technical research is a little more narrowly focussed
on white dwarfs, supernovae, statistics of binary stars, and productivity and
impact of observational facilities.
After 30 years of oscillating at 31.7
nHz between the University of Maryland and U. California, Irvine, she is
now permanently at the latter (and indeed recently bought her first large
box of shredded wheat), though still haunting airports in connection with
committees, advisory panels, and offices in American Astronomical Society,
American Physical Society, International Union of Pure & Applied Physics,
International Astronomical Union, and so forth.
Yes, she was in Prague for
the "Pluto vote," but didn't actually get to vote, because she was skippering
the team of students who ran up and down the aisles of the auditorium
counting the votes (yellow squares of cardboard held on high - we are
a very traditional organization, not given to secret ballots).
count, something like 500 published paper, book chapters, articles, etc.
carried Trimble's name as one of the authors, and she had given a comparable
number of talks at conferences, colleges, community groups, and such over
the past 40 years.s.