Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

Mary Smykowksi
Extra Credit Professor Jitianu
December 20, 2017
Millie Dresselhaus was an American scientists who created a lot of scientific methods that would help us now a days. She had gained a lot of experience, she went to Hunter College, Cambridge University, Harvard University, and University of Chicago. As her experience of being the “queen of carbon science,” she experience many extraordinary moments. Such as, a 57 year career in Massachusetts Institution of Technology( where she was the first female professor at MIT), she was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1990 in recognition of her work, from 2000-2001 she was the director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy, in 2003-2008 she was the chair of governing board of the American Institute of Physics, from 2012 she was co-recipient of the Enrico Femi Award, and in 2014 she was award the Presidential Medal of Freedom given by Barack Obama himself. Throughout these accomplishment her work mattered the most to her which was working on graphite, graphite intercalation compounds, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, spin orbit coupling in semiconductors, and low dimensional thermoelectric. She passed away in February of 2017, her legacy will always carry on as being the “Queen of Carbon Science.”

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