happy birthday week, Maria Goeppert Mayer

Maria Mayer was born June 28, 1906.

In 1963, Maria Goeppert Mayer shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for “discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure.” She was the second female Nobel laureate in physics, after Marie Curie, and would be the last for over half a century, until Donna Strickland was awarded the prize in 2018.

A full biography of Mayer, with wonderful photos (that may be copyright) is here. See the one especially where she is walking in splendor, with the King of Sweden!


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