Friday, March 16, 2007
Mildred Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute Professor and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, this year was selected as one of five prominent women scientists worldwide to receive the 9th L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. Dr. Dresselhaus was recognized for her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes, which are used in objects such as lightweight bicycles and flat-panel screens.
The award was presented by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and CEO of L'ORÉAL. U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, Louise V. Oliver also hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Dresselhaus. The 2007 Laureates each received US$100,000. In addition to the United States, they included women scientists from Chile, Mauritius, New Zealand and Russia.