MY DAUGHTER BEATRICE
A Personal Memoir of Dr. Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer. Edward Hill. American Physical Society, New York, 1986. 138 pp., ilIus.$9.95.
Beatrice Muriel Hill Tinsley was a wise, warm, and wonderful person. If you knew her in person or through her work, this book from the pen of her father will make you miss her all over again. If you never knew her, you will wish you had.
In an astrophysics career that spanned less than 14 years, from her Ph.D. dissertation in 1967 to her death in 1981, Tinsley published some 114 papers, many of them still heavily cited. She created as nearly single-handedly as anything in modern science can be said to be single-handed the discipline of modeling the evolution of galaxies to account for their chemical compositions, luminosities, colors, and gas contents as a function of time, and she applied those models to fundamental astronomical problems,...