Katharine Burr Blodgett


Katharine Burr Blodgett was born in Schenectady, New York, United States on January 10th, 1898 and is the Entrepreneur. At the age of 81, Katharine Burr Blodgett biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 10, 1898
United States
Place of Birth
Schenectady, New York, United States
Death Date
Oct 12, 1979 (age 81)
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Chemist, Inventor, Physicist
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Bryn Mawr College (BA in Physics, 1917); (University of Chicago (MS, 1918); Newnham College, Cambridge University (PhD in Physics, 1926)
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Katharine Burr Blodgett Life

Katharine Burr Blodgett (January 10, 1898 – October 12, 1979) was an American physicist and chemist, best known for her invention of "invisible" or nonreflective glass while working at GM.

In 1926, she was the first woman to be granted a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge.

Early life

Blodgett was born in Schenectady, New York, on January 10, 1898. She was Katharine Buchanan (Burr) and George Reddington Blodt's second child. Her father worked as a patent prosecutor at GM, where he headed the department. He was shot and killed in his house by a burglar right before she was born. GE paid the killer $5,000 for his capture and conviction, but the accused killer hanged himself in his prison cell in Salem, New York. Following her husband's death, Katharine and her son George Jr. migrated to New York City shortly after Katharine's birth.

Katharine's mother moved the family to France in 1901 to ensure that the children would be bilingual. They lived in Saranac Lake for many years and then moved to New York for a year, during which Katharine attended school in Saranac Lake and then spent time traveling through Germany. Bloddoch and her family returned to New York City in 1912 and attended Rayson School in New York City.


Blodt's early life was split between New York and Europe, and she wasn't allowed to attend school until she was eight years old. Charlotte Angas Scott, a mathematician, and physicist James Barnes were among her classmates who attended Rayson School in New York City on a scholarship, where she was inspired by two professors in particular, mathematician Charlotte Angas Scott, and physicist James Barnes.

Irving Langmuir, a former colleague of her father and potential Nobel Prize Laureate, took Katharine on a tour of GM's research laboratories in 1917. After receiving her bachelor's degree, he suggested she work in a research position at GE, so she enrolled in a master's degree program at the University of Chicago.

She researched gas adsorption with Harvey B. adsorption at the University of Chicago. Lemon is investigating the gas mask's chemical composition. She earned her degree in 1918 and spent a research scientist with Langmuir. Blodgett, who worked with the company for six years, decided to pursue a doctorate with the intention of furthering within the company. Langmuir arranged for her to study physics at Cambridge University, but the Cavendish Laboratory persuaded somewhat hesitant administrators to offer one of their few open positions to a woman. She was matriculating in 1924 at Newnham College. She worked with Sir Ernest Rutherford and graduated in 1926 as the first woman to earn a PhD in physics from Cambridge University.

Personal life

Blodgett never married and lived a full life with Gertrude Brown, who came from an old Schenectady family. Elsie Errington, the English-born director of a nearby girls' school, lived for another time for another period. Blodgett was released from most domestic duties, except for making her famous applesauce and popovers." Unfortunately, she did not leave any personal paper with her thoughts about her long-term relationships with these women.

Katharine Bloddie, Blodt's niece and namesake, was an astrophysicist and civil servant. Gebbie recalled that on family visits, she Aunt Blodt: a reminiscence of childhood.

Gebbie often spoke out in later life about her aunt's influence by leading by example in deciding on a career in science.

Blodgett bought a house in Schenectady despite the fact that she lived in Schenectady for the majority of her adult life. She worked with theatre companies in her community and volunteered for civic and charitable causes. Blodt, the Traveler's Aid Society's treasurer, was a member of the Traveler's Aid Society. She spent summers at Lake George in upstate New York to explore her passion for gardening. Blodgett was also an avid amateur astronomer, collected antiques, played bridge with colleagues, and wrote amusing poems in her spare time. She died in her house on October 12, 1979.