Thursday, April 28, 2022
Professor Virginia Trimble has been elected as a fellow by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. This year's election of 261 new members recognizes their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research.
Professor Trimble's early research measured the masses of white dwarfs, calculated the details and evolution of stars with unusual chemical compositions and studied the orbits of close binaries. Professor Trimble became a well-known expert on the history of physics, astronomy and scientometrics, the study of how science is done, or should be, and has a publication list exceeding 900 items and is the longest-standing active member of UCI’s Department of Physics & Astronomy. Professor Trimble's recent teaching includes the physics of music and the impact of World Wars I and II on science.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together, as expressed in their charter, "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." Their studies have helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, and the arts and humanities.