Dresselhaus Wins 2007 L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science

MIT Professor Millie Dresselhaus has been awarded the 2007 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science

"For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes."

The award ceremony was held Feb. 22, 2007 in Paris and each winner received individual awards of $100,000.

The L’Oreal website has an excellent page on their Women in Science award program, including an excellent profile of Millie.  The MIT website also reports this Award, and both sites include some nice photos and videos of Millie.  Neither site mentions her well known contributions to thermoelectrics, including her papers on quantum wells [1] and quantum wires [2] for thermoelectric applications.  These two papers must be among the most cited thermoelectric papers of all time, but acknowledging her contributions to thermoelectrics may have to wait for some future award.

Her advice for young women scientists:  

"A scientific career is extremely rewarding, and if I had to do it all over again I would follow the same course. The rewards are different at every stage.  I still have the same fascination for science that I had when I was young."

[1].    Hicks, L.D. and M.S. Dresselhaus, Effect of quantum-well structures on the thermoelectric figure of merit. Phys. Rev. B, 1993. 47(19): p. 12727-12731.
[2].    Hicks, L.D. and M.S. Dresselhaus, Thermoelectric Figure of Merit of a One-Dimensional Quantum Wire. Phys. Rev. B, 1993. 47(24): p. 16631-16634.