Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, "The Mother of the Hubble," to Speak April 19 at Riderwood

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 12, 2012) - Nancy Grace Roman, Ph.D., the "Mother of the Hubble," will speak Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Riderwood Chapel in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Roman was NASA's chief astronomer from 1959 until her retirement in 1979. She will speak about her personal and scientific journeys. Dr. Roman's talk is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists at Riderwood. The public is invited to attend this free event. RSVP:Mel.Tansill@Erickson.com The Roman Technology Fellowship in Astrophysics program is named after Dr. Roman.  Dr. Roman is a distinguished American astronomer whose career has ranged from scientific research, to creating the first NASA astronomical program, to working with the teachers and students of today. Her honors are many, some of which include: NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award, NASA Outstanding Scientific Leadership Award, the American Astronautical Society's William Randolf Lovelace II Award, American Astronomical Society Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and the Women in Aerospace's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Roman is a true inspiration to the students of today. Raised in a time when women were discouraged from pursuing a science career, she not only succeeded in establishing herself in a scientific career, but she has left a legacy for the astronomers of today and tomorrow. Often called the "Mother of Hubble", due to her efforts in making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality, Dr. Roman was instrumental in establishing the new era of space-based astronomical instrumentation.