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PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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Gertrude S. Goldhaber

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Dates

July 14, 1911 – February 2, 1998

Authorized Form of Name

Goldhaber, Gertrude S., -1998

Additional Forms of Names

Goldhaber, Gertrude Scharff, 1911-1998

Biography

Abstract

Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber was a Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1950-1979). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Imperial College London. Her research interests included isomers and heavy ions.

Important Dates

July 14, 1911Birth, Mannheim (Germany).

1935Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Munich.

1935 – 1939Research Associate, Imperial College London.

1939 – 1950Research Physicist (1939-1948) and Special Research Assistant Professor of Physics (1948-1950), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana (Ill.).

1947Fellow, American Physical Society.

1948 – 1950Consultant, Argonne National Laboratory.

1950 – 1979Associate Physicist (1950-1958); Physicist (1958-1962); and Senior Physicist (1962-1979), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton (N.Y.).

1959 – 1964Member, Advisory Panel on the Nuclear Data Project, National Research Council.

1969 – 1971Chair, Panel for Evaluation of Nuclear Data Compilations, National Research Council.

1972Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1972 – 1974Member, Research Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation.

1972 – 1977Member, Board of Trustees, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

1974 – 1977Scientific Consultant, Arms Control Disarmament Agency.

1977 – 1979Member, Nominating Committee for the Presidential Medal of Science.

1978 – 1983Member, Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science and Engineering, Commission on Human Resources, National Research Council.

1980 – 1982Adjunct Professor, Cornell University.

1982 – 1986Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University.

February 2, 1998Death, Patchogue (N.Y.).

Occupation

Nuclear physicist.

Places

Birth

Mannheim (Germany)

Graduate Education

Munich (Germany)

Employment

Urbana (Ill.)

Upton (N.Y.)

Death

Patchogue (N.Y.)

Subjects

Heavy ions.

Nuclear isomers.

Nuclear physics.

Women in science.

Women physicists.

Relationships

People

Family

Goldhaber, Alfred S.

Son.

Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-2011

Husband, married in 1939. Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Goldhaber, Michael

Son.

Colleagues

Adair, Robert K., 1924-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Aronson, Samuel, 1942-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Blume, Martin, 1932-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Brueckner, Keith A.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Casten, R.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Cool, Rodney L. (Rodney Lee), 1920-1988

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Courant, Ernest D. (Ernest David), 1920-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Cronin, James W., 1931-2016

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Davis, Raymond, 1914-2006

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Emery, V. J. (Victor J.)

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Frazer, Benjamin Chalmers

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Hahn, E. L. (Erwin Louis), 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Haworth, Leland J. (Leland John), 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Morrison, Philip

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Palmer, Robert B., 1934-

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Poskanzer, Arthur M.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Samios, Nicholas P.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Shirane, G.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tape, Gerald Frederick, 1915-2005

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Vineyard, G. H.

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Warburton, Ernest Keeling

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Wick, G. C. (Gian Carlo)

Both employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Additional

Peters, B. (Bernard), 1910-

Institutions

Major Positions

Argonne National Laboratory

Consultant.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Associate Physicist; Physicist; and Senior Physicist.

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Adjunct Professor.

Imperial College, London. Department of Physics

Research Associate.

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

Adjunct Professor.

United States. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Scientific Consultant.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Research Physicist and Special Research Assistant Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Fellow.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Member, Board of Trustees.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Advisory Panel on the Nuclear Data Project; Chair, Panel for Evaluation of Nuclear Data Compilations; and Member, Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science and Engineering, Commission on Human Resources.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Research Advisory Committee.

Universitat Munchen. Fakultat fur Physik

Obtained PhD in Physics (1935).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Contributions of 20th century women to physics [online resource], 1900-1976.

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Reminiscences of Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber : oral history, 1982.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

Subject

Bernard Peters papers, 1947-1992.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with Maurice Goldhaber, 1967 January 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber (1911-1998)," in Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics, ed. Nina Byers and Gary Williams (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2006), 262-271

"Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber: 1911-1998", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Gertrude Scharff Goldhaber Physics Today obituary.