… has died.

Among many other things, she was a physics professor at UC San Diego.


Charming memories of time spent in libraries.


Schmaltzy, but why not.

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2 Responses to “Sally Ride…”

  1. MikeM Says:

    Long before Sally Ride became a famous astronaut, she was a sweet, funny, cute graduate student in physics (not many fit that description) pursuing her PhD.

    She was the TA for my sophomore Physics 55 lab and hung around the physics library a lot. As did I. Unlike her fellow grad students, she enjoyed talking physics problems with undergrads. She had an exceptional talent for making complex problems understandable. Whereas the other PhD’s pretty much did the opposite.

    Whether she knew it or not, she made a lot of difference. To us guys struggling through the program (yes, in those days she was a rare exception), it meant a lot to engage her down to earth personality, natural naiveté and sweet personality. We all loved her. May she rest in peace.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thank you, MikeM. Listening to her strong, sharp, all-American twang on those YouTubes, I recalled my sense of her absolute genuineness…

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