Esther M. Conwell

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Esther M. Conwell
Born (1922-05-23) May 23, 1922 (age 92)
New York
Residence Rochester, New York
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Rochester
Bell Laboratories
Notable awards IEEE Edison Medal (1997)
National Medal of Science

Esther Marley Conwell (born May 23, 1922) is a physicist who studied properties of semiconductors and organic conductors, especially transport.


She obtained a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1942, an M.S. from the University of Rochester in 1945, and a Ph.D. in 1948, from the University of Chicago, all in Physics. She was an instructor in physics at Brooklyn College (1946–1951), a researcher at Bell Laboratories (1951–1952), and a staff member at GTE Laboratories (1952–1972). In 1972 she joined the Xerox Wilson Research Center, where she was a Research Fellow from 1981 to 1998. In 1998, Conwell joined the University of Rochester, where she is currently a Professor of Chemistry and of Physics. She holds 4 patents and has published over 200 papers.

Conwell is a Fellow if the IEEE and the American Physical Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received the Achievement Award of the Society of Women Engineers and an Honorary D.Sc. from Brooklyn College. She received the 1997 IEEE Edison Medal, For fundamental contributions to transport theory in semiconductor and organic conductors, and their application to the semiconductor, electronic copying and printing industries.



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