Katharine Blodgett Gebbie: Mentor to Nobel Laureates

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Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, a visionary physicist and senior government research administrator who supervised and mentored four Nobel laureates in physics, died August 17, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland.

“[Katharine Gebbie] was perhaps the only research director anywhere to have had four Nobel Prize winners in physics reporting to them at the same time. We are deeply grateful for her outstanding public service and will miss her dearly.”

A brilliant researcher herself, Gebbie spent over four decades with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, supporting and increasing the number of women and minorities in STEM careers.