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Meet Marie Korsaga, West Africa's first female astrophysicist


<b>Meet Marie Korsaga, West Africa's first female astrophysicist</b>Marie Korsaga in 2019 emerged as the first female astrophysicist in West Africa. She earned this accolade after completing her PhD in astrophysics at South Africa's University of Cape Town.
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Marie Korsaga in 2019 emerged as the first female astrophysicist in West Africa after completing her PhD in astrophysics at South Africa's University of Cape Town. Marie Korsaga who is from Burkina Faso studied for her PhD on the theme 'The distribution of dark and visible matter in spiral and irregular galaxies'. She earned her PhD after seven years of intense research on the subject. She's a member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), a programme unit of UNESCO that unites eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. The OWSD was founded in 1987 and is based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. "When I was very young, I was always interested in the phenomena of the universe, namely the appearance of life on earth, shooting stars...", she says. Marie Korsaga writes and participates in the writing of several articles dealing with astrophysics and published in scientific journals. Her work allowed her to come to the conclusion that the relationships between the parameters of dark matter and the luminosity of galaxies were not standard, as previously admitted in the scientific community. She has demonstrated that these relationships depend on the structure of the galaxy rather. "My thesis focused on the distribution of dark matter and visible matter in spiral and irregular galaxies. The goal was to understand how dark matter is distributed inside galaxies," explains Marie Korsaga.

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