GERMANTOWN, Md – Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA and who helped develop the Hubble Space Telescope, has died.
Laura Verreau, a cousin, confirmed Thursday that Roman died on Christmas Day after a prolonged illness. He is 93 years old.
The NASA webpage says Roman was the first astronomical head at the space science office at NASA headquarters and was the first woman to hold an executive position at the agency. He has direct supervision for the planning and development of astronomy-based programs including the Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Roman retired from NASA in 1979. Throughout his career, he encouraged women and young people to get involved in science.
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