Wanda Merced was an astronomer in her early 20s when she started losing her sight. But she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her passion. She found a way to hear the stars through sonification. She is now a sonic astrophysicist using a technique that she developed.
About pioneering the method and working in a previously visual field, Wanda says, “I think that science is for everyone. It belongs to the people, and it has to be available to everyone because we are all natural explorers. I think that if we limit people with disabilities from participating in science, we’ll sever our links with history and with society.”
Watch her Tedx talk and read more about her science in this article.
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Visually impaired scientist pioneers audio version of visual field
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