Women of Interest – Dr. Giuliana Tesoro

Dr. Giuliana Tesoro was born on June 1, 1921, in Venice, Italy, and died September 29, 2002, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She was an accomplished chemist with more than 125 U.S. patents, but is most famous for inventing fire-retardant fabrics. In 1943, Dr. Tesoro received her PhD in organic chemistry. Following her graduation, she began working as a research chemist at Onyx Oil and Chemical Company. Throughout her career she moved up the ladder and, in 1969, she accepted a position as senior chemist at Burlington Industries. As well, Dr. Tesoro received a position as a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she remained from 1972 until 1976. During her lifetime, Dr. Tesoro belonged to many committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. In 1978, she was the recipient of the Society of Women Engineers? Achievement Award.

Further information about this unique woman and her many patents may be found at the following websites: