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Beth Willman is an American astronomer and the deputy director of the National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab). She was previously an associate professor of astronomy at Haverford College.


Beth Willman received her B.A. in astrophysics at Columbia University. She later received a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington. Beth Willman has also been a James Arthur Fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, and a Clay Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.


Beth mainly focuses her research on cosmology. Her specialty is investigating the least luminous galaxies in our known Universe. The galaxy Willman 1, which she discovered during her postdoc, is named after her.

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