Mildred Dresselhaus has died, an American physicist known for her analysis of the fundamental properties of carbon. She was the first female full professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and spent her entire career promoting women in science; late in life she even became a bit of a media personality and role model for girls who like math, science and how things work. Above: with vapor-grown carbon fiber – cloth grown in a test tube. She was the author of 1700 scientific papers and developed an array of applications, from superconductors to nanotubes. They called her the Queen of Carbon; now suppose M.I.T. hadn’t even given her a chance. (Evan McGlinn/The New York Times)

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