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Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus

Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus 1930-2017

Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus, the "Queen of Carbon," was a dear friend of the Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus

Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus

The world mourned the passing of Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus at the end of February. Named the “queen of carbon,” Dresselhaus had an outsized influence on the field of carbon chemistry; she predicted many of the crucial properties of carbon nanotubes, carbon fullerenes and graphene. She was a mentor and role model for many women; in 1968, she became the first woman to earn a permanent professorship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and she continued to advocate for women in science throughout her life.

Dresselhaus received numerous prizes, among them the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She had close ties to the Weizmann Institute of Science, including collaborations with its scientists. The Weizmann Institute awarded her a PhD honoris causa in 2003, and she was a Life Member of the Weizmann Institute’s International Board and member of the Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee.


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