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Esther M. Conwell

Esther M. Conwell
Born (1922-05-23)May 23, 1922
New York
Died November 16, 2014(2014-11-16) (aged 92)
Rochester, New York
Residence Rochester, New York
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Rochester
Bell Laboratories
Notable awards IEEE Edison Medal (1997)
National Medal of Science

Esther Marley Conwell (May 23, 1922 – November 16, 2014) was an American physicist who studied properties of semiconductors and organic conductors, especially transport.

Biography

She obtained a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1942, an M.S. from the University of Rochester in 1945, and a Ph.D. in 1948, from the University of Chicago, all in Physics. She was an instructor in physics at Brooklyn College (1946–1951), a researcher at Bell Laboratories (1951–1952), and a staff member at GTE Laboratories (1952–1972).

In 1972 she joined the Xerox Wilson Research Center, where she was a Research Fellow from 1981 to 1998. In 1998, Conwell joined the University of Rochester, where she is currently a Professor of Chemistry and of Physics. She holds four patents and has published over 200 papers.

At the time of her death Conwell was a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Physical Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She had received the Achievement Award of the Society of Women Engineers and an Honorary D.Sc. from Brooklyn College. She received the 1997 IEEE Edison Medal, For fundamental contributions to transport theory in semiconductor and organic conductors, and their application to the semiconductor, electronic copying and printing industries.

On November 16, 2014, Conwell was walking when she was struck by her neighbor's car as he was backing out of his driveway. Capt. David Catholdi of the Brighton Police Department stated that alcohol and speed were not factors in the incident. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries several hours later. She was 92 years old.[1]

Awards

References

  1. ^ http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/11/17/woman-struck-brighton-dies-injuries/19170219/

External links

  • Prof Conwell's home page
  • Oral History interview transcript with Esther M. Conwell 22 January 2007, American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives
  • Biography of Conwell from IEEE
  • http://discovermagazine.com/2002/nov/feat50#.UTUsvNvkdUx
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