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Dr. Tana Joseph discusses her path to becoming an astrophysicist and growing up in South Africa during the apartheid. 

“You don’t expect a Black South African woman born during apartheid to have a very straightforward path into academia. [This] is what makes my journey unexpected,” says Dr. Tana Joseph. The astronomical community in South Africa is small, with astronomers from all of Africa comprising roughly 2% of the International Astronomical Union’s membership; as of now there are no clear statistics on the number of Black African astronomers.

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