Did you know that Vibert Douglas was born today in 1894? She was a Canadian astronomer and astrophysicist. An astronomer observes, locates, and maps new stars, planets, or other objects in space. Astrophysics study how stars ‘work’, develop, and evolve. In high school, Viber Douglas wanted to join a science club, but they did not allow girls to join. Her brother helped her unofficially participate by leaving the door open, so she could sit outside and still hear the science lectures. Later, she worked hard to become a university Professor of Astronomy and helped many other women enter and study science, engineering, and medicine.
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Vibert Douglas’ full name was Allie Vibert Douglas. She preferred to go by her middle name, Vibert.
Vibert Douglas was the first Canadian woman to become an astrophysicist.
During World War I, Vibert Douglas and her family moved back to England. While her brother served as an officer, Vibert worked in the War Office as a statistician. She persevered and excelled at her job, even when bombs fell close to her workplace. In 1918, when she was 23, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
A crater on Venus and Asteroid 3269 are named in her honor.