Ten fun facts about Katharine Burr Blodgett


Fact 1
In 1926, she was the first woman to obtain a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Cambridge.

Fact 2
Her father was shot and killed in a home invasion before she was born. The killer was arrested but hung himself in jail.

Fact 3
She attended a private school, called the Rayson School, which fortunately gave her the same education as the male students.


Fact 4
On June 13, she was honored with Katharine Blodgett Day from the mayor of her home town, Schenectady.

Fact 5
In her spare time, she enjoyed acting, collecting antiques and writing funny poems.

Fact 6
She lived in a Boston marriage with Gertrude Brown, which was just two women living together without support of a man.

Fact 7
In 1920, General Electric hired her as a research scientist, making her the first female working there as a scientist.

Fact 8
At the age of 21, she published a paper on gas mask materials, which were desperately needed during World War 1, and it was published in the "Physical Review".

Fact 9
She was the sole inventor of 6 creations and only required assistance with 2 other inventions.

Fact 10
Her invention of the 'glass' ruler, measuring molecular coatings on glass, to on millionth of an inch.


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