Betsy Ancker-Johnson, US physicist

Betsy Ancker-Johnson, US physicist

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Betsy Ancker-Johnson (born 1929, nee Ancker), US physicist. Ancker-Johnson received her PhD in physics from Tubingen University in 1953. She specialised in plasma physics and radio technology, later working on environmental issues. She married in 1958 and worked for a range of universities and companies. She was Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology, US Department of Commerce (1973-77). In 1975, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 'management of engineering and scientific efforts focused on human needs'. She became a Vice-President of General Motors in 1979. Photographed in June 1976.

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