Physics | Education | Technology
At the beginning of her professional journey, Dr. Margaret Josephine Cox was dedicated to studying foreign languages. During her time as an undergraduate, however, she met some physics majors and thought their field was fascinating. She switched majors, and, by 1961, held a Bachelor of Science in experimental physics from the University of London. Dr. Cox proceeded to earn a PhD in atomic physics at the University of London in 1966, which she considers to be one of the biggest milestones of her career. While working toward her graduate degree, she measured the absorption of residents' radiation, a component needed to be able to create lasers.
The second milestone Dr. Cox reached happened around 1969, when she traveled to America and was asked to create teaching materials using physics. This sparked an interest in computer-based learning, and she has since developed three different kinds of computer technologies to teach physics and quantum mechanics. Thirdly, Dr. Cox was extremely proud to make director of the computer in curriculum program at King’s College London. As the leader of the curriculum program, she led the development of science and math simulations using the internet in 1978. The department had an exhibition at the royal society and was invited to show their work because it was the first time anyone has connected educational software and the Internet for education. Furthermore, in 1982, her team wrote software to send pictures, images and data over the Internet, before the World Wide Web was created. To further her career, Dr. Cox obtained certification as a chartered physicist in 1996.
BUsiness | TECHNOLOGY
Passionate and hardworking, Muriel Ruth Nelson Hinkle dedicated more than three decades of service to the defense of the United States. She started in the field in 1970, when she served Analysis & Technology, Inc., as an illustrator of naval warfare predictions and computer stimulated naval engagements. After three years, she jumped to the top of the corporate ladder by co-founding Sonalysts, Inc., where she has been ever since, with her husband, David. During her time with the company, Ms. Hinkle has served as the company’s president and chief executive officer, and, when she retired in 2001, she was granted the distinguished titles of president emerita and CEO emerita. She is proud of the business’s growth; originally an approximately 15-person operation, it now hosts more than 350 employees on a seven-building campus.
Although Sonalysts was initially started as a naval research and development business, over the years it has expanded in directions even Ms. Hinkle didn’t see coming. While defense projects, from training simulation programs to new sonar techniques, do still make up more than half of the company’s revenue, entertainment services have become a major, yet unexpected, asset. The world-class sound stages have produced commercials, infomercials, and television shows like “Deal or No Deal.” Renowned director and producer Steven Spielberg filmed part of “Amistad” there, and even stars like Alicia Keys have made use of the company’s facilities. Other branches of Sonalysts include a weather and aviation analysis station, a warehousing and fabrication shop, and editing, audio, animation and motion graphic suites. The diversity of the business can be traced back to the fact that employees are not tied down by a title; Ms. Hinkle believes it’s important that employees have a say in the direction of the company and the projects they undertake.