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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1989-1990).

Dr. Dresselhaus is currently Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was formerly the holder of the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair in Electrical Engineering and in Physics at MIT. She is also affiliated with the Center for materials and Engineering, and with the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory at MIT where some of the experimental work of her group is carried out. Dr. Dresselhaus holds professorships in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Physics.

Dr. Dresselhaus was born in Brooklyn and recieved her A.B. from Hunter College in 1951, graduation Summa Cum Laude. From 1951 to 1952, she was a Fulbright Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge University, and was awarded an A.M. from Radcliffe College in 1953. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1958.

Dr. Dresselhaus was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University from 1958-60, and Staff Member at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from from 1967-70. She has traveled widley as a visiting professor, as a visiting professor, holding that position in the Department of Physics of the University of Campinas (Brazil), in the summer of 1971 as well as the physics departments of the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel (1972), the Aoyama Gakuin Universityand Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan (1973), and the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Ceintificas in Caracas, Venezuela (1977).

Dr. Dresselhaus received many honorary degrees and awards, among them the Hunter College Hall of Fame Award in 1972, the MIT Killian Faculty Award in 1986, and the Annual Achievement Award from the Engineering Societies of New England in 1988. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1974), the National Academy of Engineering (1974) and the National Academy of Science (1985).

Dr. Dresselhaus was a member of the Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science and Engineering of the Commission on Human Resources, National Research Council, from 1975-77, and in 1984 served as President of the American Physical Society. She is a senior member of the Society of Women Engineers, and was elected member of the Harvard Alumni Board of Directors from 1974-77. She was on the editorial board of the Physical Review B from 1979-81. and in 1988 became a trustee of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Her Work: Dr. Dresselhaus has used and developed a wide range of techniques to study condensed matter physics, from microwave properties of superconductors to magnetic phases in semiconductors, and electronic structure of group V semimetals and graphite.


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