Mildred Dresselhaus

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Dresselhaus at the White House (2012)

Mildred Dresselhaus (born Mildred Spiewak; November 11, 1930 – February 20, 2017), also known as the "queen of carbon science", was an American nanotechnologist. She was the first female Institute Professor and professor emerita of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also won many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the Enrico Fermi Award and the Vannevar Bush Award.

Dresselhaus was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was married to Gene Dresselhaus and had four children. She was of Jewish descent.[1]

Dresselhaus died on February 20, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of 86.[2]

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  1. Who's who in Frontier Science and Technology, Marquis Who's Who.
  2. "Institute Professor Emerita Mildred Dresselhaus, a pioneer in the electronic properties of materials, dies at 86". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.