Dr. Katharine Gebbie established the Katharine Burr Blodgett Graduate Student Fellowship in December 2011 in honor of her aunt and to provide a graduate fellowship to a student in the Department of Physics. The purpose of the fellowship is to assist in enhancing the diversity of talented students interested in the field of physics consistent with the University's Policy on Diversity in Educational Programs.
Dr. Katharine Burr Blodgett was the Blodgett of Langmuir-Blodgett films. She was the first scientist to join the General Electric research Laboratories, the first woman to obtain a doctorate from the Cavendisih Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the first industrial scientist to receive the American Chemical Society's Garvin Medal.
Dr. Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898 - 1979) was the Blodgett of Langmuir-Blodgett films. She was the first woman scientist to join the General Electric research laboratories; she was the first woman to obtain a doctorate from the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the first industrial scientist to receive the American Chemical Societyís Garvin Medal. After earning her Bachelorís degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Masterís from the University of Chicago, she joined GE as assistant to Irving Langmuir. It was he who arranged for her to continue her graduate studies with Ernest Rutherford at Cambridge University, where she received her doctorate in 1926. She then spent the remainder of her career at GE, where she became distinguished for her work on thin films, including her invention of non-reflecting glass.
In memory of this distinguished scientist, who exemplifies the potential of women to contribute to physics, an anonymous donor established an endowed fund to support a graduate student fellowship in the Department of Physics.
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