Dorrit Hoffleit, 1907-2007

Posted By Pamela on Apr 11, 2007 | 3 comments

dorritgrad.gif DorritShe turned 100 on March 12 and passed away after a breif illness on April 9. She was sharp and witty and active all the way to the end. Many people have written about her, but I think her personal words describe her the best: “I do it because I like it. … . [Astronomy], it’s my life.”

This video is from an interview done in July of 2006 and re-editted yesterday.

July 2006 Interview with E. Dorrit Hoffleit:


  1. Hi Pamela,

    this is a fan email!

    i’m an Immunologist and Dermatologist from Perth, Western Australia (see map)… but have always been a closet physics/astronomy fan… I spend my day treating boring skin diseases but at least i can listen to Astronomy Cast (and read your blog) and regain some sense of “shock and awe” about the universe. Your podcast reminds me of the way i felt as a kid watching Cosmos on TV!

    anyway enough ‘gushing’… just wanted to let you know that i’m a big fan – i’m still trying to imagine those 50 billion neutrinos blasting through the earth and up through my feet at midnight.

    congratulations on a great show! keep up the good work!

    Dr Grant Masel MBBS FRACP FACD

  2. I can empathise with our immunodermatologically inclined friend. I too spend my days working around funny nerves and dodgy brains, but have a secret yearning and absolute passion for all things physically scienced – especially astronomy, which has nearly caused divorce – its a long story. Thankyou Dr. Gay (and Frazer of course). Your astronomy cast programmes pass away the mundane tram journeys home from work. I found the globular cluster episode especially fascinating. Why? Thats just the kind of person I am………….

  3. P.S. More funding to astronomy!

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