Listee Features — Physics

Nancy Del Grande


After reading about the Manhattan Project and becoming fascinated by physics, Nancy Kerr Del Grande pursued a career in the field. She always enjoyed solving puzzles and was curious about understanding the atom. In the beginning, she was a senior physicist with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1981 until 1999. During her tenure with the company, Ms. Del Grande was responsible for pioneering the technology transfer of x-ray methods for nuclear device diagnostics, and applying it to depict deep aquifers and locate buried land mines. Ms. Del Grande subsequently established Geo-Temp Corporation in the mid-1980s, with which she currently excels as the founder and president. With Geo-Temp, she provides thermal imaging solutions, including scanning surface and subsurface terrain using infrared

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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

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When Jean St. Germain started her career as a medical physicist, there were very few women in the field. That only promulgated her desire to enter the profession, however, and she set out determined to succeed. Along the way, Ms. St. Germain earned a Bachelor of Science from Marymount Manhattan College and a Master of Science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Ms. St. Germain is certified by the American Board of Health and the American Board of Medical Physics, and is a licensed medical physicist. ​Since 2010, Ms. St. Germain has served as an attending physicist, corporation radiation safety officer, and vice chairman for clinical and educational affairs for the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan

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