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Margaret Burbidge
BornEleanor Margaret Peachey
(1919-08-12)August 12, 1919
Davenport, Cheshire, England, U.K.
DiedApril 5, 2020(2020-04-05) (aged 100)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Known forAstrophysics, Fellow of the Royal Society
Notable awardsHelen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy (1959)
National Medal of Science (1983)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (1988)

Eleanor Margaret Burbidge (née Peachey), FRS (August 12, 1919 – April 5, 2020) was a British-born American astrophysicist. She was known for her original research and holding many educational posts, including Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

During her career, she worked at the University of London Observatory, Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago, Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, the California Institute of Technology, and from 1979 to 1988 was first director of the Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences at the University of California San Diego, where she has worked since 1962.[1][2]

In 2003, Burbidge was added into the Women's Museum of California Hall of Fame honoring her career and achievements.[3]

Burbidge died on April 5, 2020 in San Francisco at the age of 100 after suffering a fall.[4]