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Published in Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997): 438-443. Copyright 1997, Greenwood Press. Used by permission.


From Notable Women in the Physical Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary:

Astronomer Judith Sharn Young has been prolific throughout her 15-year professional career, publishing over 100 papers and giving nearly as many talks and seminars. Her interests lie in galaxy formation and evolution, star formation, and interstellar matter (the matter that lies between the stars in galaxies). She has received several professional awards and honors, including, in 1986, the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society. Young was the first recipient of this award, which is given to a woman in the early stages of her career who has made a significant contribution to physics.