This interview provides a lot of insight into gender dynamics around prizes, how the people on prize committees think, how competitive behavior encourages bad relations between people, and how you can win a prize and be ungracious af…
Proprietary private telescopes are great for the people with access to them but overall they are not a public good and that damages science in the long run

Also there are more than 3 extremely competent women astronomers, fyi
I’m reminded that so many (white) women in science who do succeed get to where they are by learning to play like the nasty boys

Not always but, often
A male postdoc who treated me like crap at the behest of a female professor who treated him like crap is one reason I gave up on doing Bose-Einstein condensates in the lab, even though I loved coherent states of light and atoms
That worked out in the end since I do coherent states of dark matter now but that particular woman was pushing for a Nobel Prize and I never forgot that this is what the hunt for the Prize does to people.

She may yet win it too.

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