Mildred Dresselhaus (1930- 2017)

Known as the “queen of carbon science”, Dresselhaus was the first female professor emerita of physics and electrical engineering at MIT. She was particularly noted for her work on graphite, graphite compounds, carbon nanotubes, spin-orbit coupling in semiconductors, and low-dimensional thermoelectrics. Her research helped develop technology based on thin graphite which allow electronics to be “everywhere,” including clothing and smartphones.