GERMANTOWN, Md. – Nancy Grace Roman, the executive director of NASA and the first woman who helped develop the Hubble Space Telescope, died.
Laura Verreau, a cousin, confirmed Thursday, died on Christmas Eve on Roman night. He was 93 years old.
NASA's webpage said the first head of Roman astronomy in the space science office at NASA's headquarters and was the first woman to be placed in an executive agency. He had a direct supervision of planning and development of astronomy-based programs, including Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Roman retired in NASA in 1979. During his career, he encouraged women and young people to participate in science.
Memorial service is foreseen.