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, as a student attending the Swabian–Alemannic Fastnacht carnival in Tubingen, Germany. The two masked people are carnival participants. 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). She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1975) and became a Vice-President of General Motors (1979). Photographed in 1953, the year of her PhD from Tubingen University.

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