Jane Blankenship Gibson

ID: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2007-0272]

Creator: Science Service

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: November 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2007-0272

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Summary

The caption accompanying this 1961 image reads: "Mrs. Carl Gibson who as Jane Blankenship won high science honors in school, combines her scientific work with advanced studies and homemaking." As a student at Oak Ridge High School, Blankenship won a number of honors. While completing a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Tennessee, she worked during the summers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where her father was a physical chemist. By 1961, she had married a chemical engineer, moved to California, and was working as a spectroscopist for Lockheed Aircraft. Her photograph was used to illustrate a news story about "sex desegregation" in science and the importance of encouraging more women to become scientists if the United States was to compete effectively in the Cold War.

Subject

  • Gibson, Jane Blankenship
  • Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2007-0272

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

November 1961

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Topic

  • Spectrum analysis
  • Women scientists

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2007-0272]

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