Women of Interest – Katharine Burr Blodgett

Katharine Burr Blodgett was born January 10, 1898, in Schenectady, New York, and died there on October 12, 1979. In 1926 Blodgett was the first woman to be awarded a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge. Following the completion of her master’s degree she was hired by General Electric as a research scientist, where she went on to invent low-reflective “invisible glass.” Some of the uses for Blodgett’s invention were to improve eyeglasses, camera lenses, submarine periscopes, and airplane spy cameras during World War II . During her career Katharine Blodgett was issued eight U.S. patents and was widely published in various scientific journals.

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