|Birth||July 14, 1911|
|1935||Ph.D., physics, University of Munich|
Research Associate, Imperial College, University of|
|1939||Married Maurice Goldhaber|
|1939-50||Research Physicist, University of Illinois|
|1950-79||Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory|
|1972||Elected to National Academy of Sciences|
|1972-74|| Research Advisory Committee, National Science|
|1973-81||Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences|
Science Consultant, Arms Control and Disarmament|
Visiting Scholar, National Advisory Committee on Science,|
Technology, and Society
|1984-85||Visiting Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa|
|1984-87|| Committee on Human Rights, National Academy of|
Gertrude Goldhaber has been not only a respected researcher in nuclear energy but also an effective voice for women in science. Brookhaven National Laboratory recognized her contribution with an award in her name.
Gertrude "Trudy" Scharff Goldhaber was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1911, the daughter of Otto Scharff and Nelly (nee Steinharter). As a 4-year-old, she first realized a fascination with numbers. Her family moved to Munich when she was 5, and it was there she grew up. As a teenager she decided to study physics and mathematics, even though at that time in Germany it was expected that girls studying such subjects would become schoolteachers.
Gertrude did not, however, desire to work in the field of education. Her father had suggested she study law so she could help him with litigation related to the family's century-old wholesale and retail food
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Publication information: Book title: Notable Women in the Physical Sciences:A Biographical Dictionary. Contributors: Benjamin F. Shearer - Editor, Barbara S. Shearer - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 145.
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