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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