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Mildred S. Dresselhaus (1930–2017): A fierce force of harmony

  1. Nai-Chang Yeha,1
  1. aDepartment of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

Prof. Mildred S. Dresselhaus, fondly known as “Millie” and “Queen of Carbon Science,” passed away at age 86 on February 20, 2017. She was a pioneer in the research of carbon nanomaterials, a giant in experimental condensed matter physics, a fine musician, a compassionate mentor and role model to young people, a strong advocate for women in science and engineering, and a selfless and impactful citizen of the scientific community.

Millie Dresselhaus and Nai-Chang Yeh at the Kavli Foundation reception during the 2016 Kavli Prize Week in Oslo, Norway.

The directors and codirectors of various Kavli Nanoscience Institutes spontaneously gathered around Prof. Millie Dresselhaus at Oslo City Hall during the Kavli Prize Banquet on September 6, 2016. From left to right: Profs. Lieven Vandersypen (Delft University), Nai–Chang Yeh (California Institute of Technology), Cees Dekker (Delft University), Millie Dresselhaus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Paul Alivisatos (University of California, Berkeley), and David Muller (Cornell University).

I still remember my first meeting with Millie in September of 1983. I was a first-year Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student, newly arrived in the United States from Taiwan. Having never left Taiwan while Taiwan was still under the martial law before my journey to Boston, I was understandably anxious about what may lie ahead in a completely strange environment. Nonetheless, …

?1Email: ncyeh{at}caltech.edu.

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