Many of the films honored with Oscars throughout the years owe the beauty of their moving images to research scientist Katharine Burr Blodgett.
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Leona Marshall Libby first worked with physicist Enrico Fermi at age 23, when she was on the team that built Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor. The youngest member of the team as well as the only woman, Libby earned her PhD shortly after beginning the job.