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University of Turin Awards Margaret Geller Honorary Degree

Dr. Margaret Geller

On April 10, 2017, the University of Turin in Italy conferred an honorary degree in physics to the CfA's Margaret Geller in a day-long celebration.

Margaret J. Geller is a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe. Her maps provided a new view of the enormous patterns in the distribution of galaxies – the largest patterns we know.

Dr. Geller's long-range scientific goals are to discover what the universe looks like and to understand how it came to have the rich patterns we observe today. To join the pieces of this grand puzzle together, her research projects range from the structure of our own Milky Way galaxy to mapping the distribution of the mysterious, ubiquitous dark matter in the universe.

The University of Turin, founded in 1404, is one of the oldest universities in the world and includes amongst its alumni Amedeo Avogadro and Joseph-Louis LaGrange.

More information about Dr. Geller and her work can be found at