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Goeppert-Mayer, Maria

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1972 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Physicists, Scientist

1906 – Born on the 28th of June in Kattowitz, Germany.

1924 – Passed the university’s arbiter entrance examinations and enrolled there in the fall.

1930 – Married Dr Joseph Edward Mayer, the assistant of James Franck.

1931 – 1939 – Worked at unofficial or volunteer positions at the university at which her husband was professor, first at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

1946 – She was offered a part-time job there as Senior Physicist in the Theoretical Physics Division.

1950 – She computed equations on opacity for Edward Teller that would be used for Teller’s investigations into the possibility of a hydrogen bomb.

1960 – She was appointed to a position as a Full Professor at the University of California, San Diego (then known as the University of California, La Jolla).

1963 – She received the Nobel Prize in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus, becoming one of only two women to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics (the other being Marie Curie).

1972 – Died in San Diego, California, on the 20th of February after a heart attack the previous year left her comatose.