Brenda P. Winnewisser

Brenda P. Winnewisser, like Hedwig Kohn, spent some years at Wellesley College (as an undergraduate) and at Duke University, where during her graduate studies in physics she discovered Hedwig Kohn doing research in the sub-basement. During thirty-five years living and working in Germany she has published numerous articles and several reviews on the rotational and rovibrational spectra and dynamics of small molecules. She has conducted oral history interviews in cooperation with the Center for the History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics. She is currently adjunct professor of physics at The Ohio State University.

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Hedwig Kohn

Prior to World War II, only three women achieved the German qualification for teaching at a university, the Habilitation in the field of physics: Lise Meitner, Hertha Sponer, and Hedwig Kohn. All three ultimately fled Nazi Germany.

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