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Jane Blankenship Gibson

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Jane Blankenship Gibson
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
November 1961
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.
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Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Spectrum analysis, Women scientists
Gibson, Jane Blankenship, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Black-and-white photographs
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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2007-0272]
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Jane Blankenship Gibson

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