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Collection on Mildred Dresselhaus

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Identifier: MC-0281

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Scope and Contents note

Collection contains materials related to Dresselhaus's work at MIT including articles written by Dresselhaus, a cassette tape of a lecture given by Mildred Dresselhaus as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Independent Activities Period (IAP) Faculty Lecture Series in 1989, and ephemera from her memorial service in 2017.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974 - 2017


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.


Mildred Dresselhaus (November 11, 1930 – February 20, 2017) was Institute Professor, and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita at the Massachusetts Institutute of Technology (MIT).

Recent honors and awards include:

Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2014 von Hippel Award, Materials Research Society, 2013 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, 2012 Enrico Fermi Award, 2012 Vannevar Bush Award, 2009 ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, 2009 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society, 2008 Oersted Medal, 2007 L'Oréal UNESCO Award for Women in Science, 2007 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, 2005 IEEE Founders Medal Recipients, 2004 Karl T. Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2001 Medal of Achievement in Carbon Science and Technology, American Carbon Society, 2001 Honorary Member of the Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2000 National Materials Advancement Award of the Federation of Materials Societies, 2000 Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, February 2000 Nicholson Medal, American Physical Society, March 2000 Weizmann Institute's Millennial Lifetime Achievement Award, June 2000 SGL Carbon Award, American Carbon Society, 1997 National Medal of Science, 1990


3.0 Cassette(s) (1 cassette)

.6 Cubic Feet (6 folders)

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Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

Mildred Dresselhaus, an oral history conducted in 2013 by Kelsey Irvin, IEEE History Center, Hoboken, NJ, USA.

Processing Information note

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Revision Statements

  • 2022 November 1: Collection title updated to reflect nature of materials by Thera Webb.

Repository Details

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