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Beatrice Tinsley

CREST 150th Celebration investigations

Beatrice Tinsley (1941 – 1981) was a leading scientist in astronomy and cosmology.

Her research profoundly affected our view of the size and origin of the universe. She developed galaxy models that first allowed us to see what a protogalaxy, or galaxy in its infancy, might look like. Tinsley also worked on theories about whether or not the universe is closed (with boundaries) or open (going on forever). On 27 January 2016, the 75th anniversary of her birth, Google published a Doodle to honour her work.

Project guidelines 

Be inspired by Beatrice Tinsley, and for a 150th Bronze, Team BronzeSilver, Team Silver, Silver Challenge or Team Silver Challenge award: 

Develop an App which would significantly enlarge fellow students’ knowledge of the physical properties of asteroids.


Links to teaching and learning programmes

This investigation could contribute to teaching and learning programmes involving:


Level 4   Planet Earth and Beyond/ Astronomical systems

               Nature of Science/Investigating in Science


Level 5   Plant Earth and Beyond/Interacting Systems


Level 6-8  Plant Earth and Beyond/Astronomical Systems


Levels 1-8 : Technological Practice, Technological  Knowledge

Technology  Generic:         

1.1, 1.2,  1.3, 1.4, 1.11,  2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,  3.4

Digital Technologies:          

1.41, 1.43, 2.41, 2.43, 3.43

Processing Technologies:                              

1.6, 1.45, 2.45, 2.46, 3.46