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Ancker-Johnson, Betsy, 1929-
Oral history interview with Betsy Ancker-Johnson, 2008 December 8.
In this interview, Betsy Ancker-Johnson, a solid state physicist, discusses such topics as: her family background and early education; her undergraduate work at Wellesley College; Hedwig Kohn; Lise Meitner; her graduate work in Germany at Tubingen University; Donald Menzel; Walther Kossel; measuring lattice constants of zinc and zinc crystals; Charles Kittel; the Minerals Research Laboratory (MRL) at University of California, Berkeley; George Gamow; working in microwave electronics at Stanford University in the Sylvania Microwave Physics Laboratory; her work at the Radio Corporation of America (RCA); L. S. Nergaard; zeolites; working with hot electrons with Maurice Glicksman; Boeing Scientific Reseach Laboratories (BSRL) and plasma physics; Jim Drummond; speaking at the Lebedev Institute; Ivar Gunn; Glen Keister; President Nixon asking her to be the Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology in the U. S. Department of Commerce; women in physics; National Bureau of Standards; trying to switch to the metric system; Dixie Lee Ray; Fred Dent; working at Argonne National Laboratories; becoming a vice president at General Motors; and Elmer W. Johnson.
(1927- ): Ph.D. physics, Tubingen University, Germany (1953); studied the instabilities in plasmas in solids which culminated in her observation of microwave emission from an electron-hole plasma (1967); written over seventy scientific papers and has patents in solid state physics, microwave electronics, and controlled thermonuclear fusion; first female Presidential appointee in the U. S. Department of Commerce as the Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology (1973); fourth woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1975); vice president of General Motors' Environmental Activity Staff (1979); retired from General Motors' in 1992.
Ancker-Johnson, Betsy, 1929-
Dent, Frederick B. (Frederick Baily), 1922-
Drummond, James E
Gamow, George, 1904-1968.
Glicksman, M. (Maurice)
Johnson, Elmer W.
Kittel, Charles
Kohn, Hedwig, 1887-1964.
Kossel, W. (Walther Ludwig Julius), 1888-1956
Meitner, Lise, 1878-1968.
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Nergaard, L. S. (Leon Severin), 1905-
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Ray, Dixy Lee, 1914-
Argonne National Laboratory
Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories
Fizicheskii institut imeni P.N. Lebedeva
General Motors Corporation.
Radio Corporation of America.
Stanford University.
Sylvania Research Laboratories.
United States. Bureau of Standards
United States. Dept. of Commerce.
Universität Tübingen.
University of California, Berkeley.
Wellesley College
Lattice dynamics.
Metric system.
Microwaves.
Plasma physics.
Solid state physics.
Women in physics
Zeolites
Zinc crystals.
Women in science
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Butler, Orville R., 1952-, interviewer.
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American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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