Rebecca Charbonneau is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and PhD candidate in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
She specializes in the history of aerospace and astronomy in the 20th century, focusing particularly on US-Soviet collaboration in radio astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence during the Cold War. Prior to her studies at Cambridge, she earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford, followed by positions at NASA's Headquarters and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) archives, where she remains an affiliate.
Her research often leads her to work closely with scientists, conducting oral history projects and assisting with the preservation of historical materials. Most of this work has taken place at NRAO, but she also has working relationships with Russia's AstroSpace Centre and Berkeley's SETI Research Center/Breakthrough Listen. Her work with the scientific community has led her to hold several committee positions in scientific organizations, such as the AAS Historical Astronomy Division and the IAU Historical Radio Astronomy Working Group.
Passionate about public outreach, Rebecca volunteers as a NASA Solar System Ambassador, occasionally guest speaks on BBC 5's Naked Scientists, and publishes articles on her research
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