Bright Star: Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer

Author(s): Christine Cole Catley

Biographies & Memoirs

Kiwi Beatrice Tinsley became a professor at Yale, and her work on the evolution of galaxies has affected scientific knowledge profoundly yet she little known here today.  Beatrice Hill Tinsley is a famous New Zealander we don't yet know about. She is honoured in the United States and United Kingdom for her pioneering work in the origins of galaxies, the origins of the universe. She built on the work of Einstein and was chosen by Fred Hoyle to keynote the celebrations of his life. She showed astronomers new ways of looking, and taught teachers new ways of teaching. Her life and loves are captured in this first biography, a roller-coaster story of triumph over frustration, and an enduring legacy. Beatrice Hill Tinsley was a professor of astronomy at Yale University and only 40 when she died of cancer in 1981. A lover of nature and a conservationist, she idealised New Zealand. She was also a musician, a feminist, a battler for zero population growth and a champion of the oppressed. As this fully researched biography shows, her life is a fascinating study in the interaction of nature and nurture, genetics and environment. It is also an inspiring and unforgattable picture of a girl determined to be a scientist who grows up in provincial New Zealand and wins through to world renown. 


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'Cole Catley has given shape to the life of a great New Zealander. What emerges is a picture of a woman trapped by her time, struggling to prove her worth in a male-dominated field while trying to meet society's expectations as a mother and wife - and all the while seeking answers to the big questions of the universe.' -- Errol Kiong NZ Herald

Dame Christine Cole Catley, the distinguished writer and journalist was also one of New Zealand’s leading independent publishers of the late twentieth century. She was co-founder of the Parents Centre movement in the 1950s, and an influential teacher and shaper of broadcasting policy.  

General Fields

  • : 9781877340017
  • : Cape Catley
  • : Cape Catley
  • : September 2006
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christine Cole Catley
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 520.92
  • : very good
  • : 445
  • : Illustrations