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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 23 (2018) pp 64-68

Mildred (“Millie”) S. Dresselhaus (1930–2017) (“Queen of Carbon Science”), An Obituary-Tribute

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published: 18 April 2018

Abstract. In 1985 Mildred (“Millie”) S. Dresselhaus became the first woman Institute Professor at MIT and in 1990 the first woman to receive the U.S. National Medal of Science in Engineering. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. She worked indefatigably to make physics more welcoming to female scientists and helped to create a system for women physicists to visit campuses and meet graduate and undergraduate students. She also persuaded research institutions to improve living accommodations for women and remove discrimination from admission processes.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Physics; Carbon Science; Carbon-Based Nanomaterials; Graphite; Graphite Intercalation Compounds; Carbon Fibers; Fullerenes; Carbon Nanotubes; Graphene; Thermoelectric Effects of Low-Dimensional and Nanoscale Structures; Magneto-optic Studies in Graphite

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