Maria Goeppert-Mayer Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Recruit distinguished faculty who overcame professional challenges

Maria Goeppert-Mayer shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in physics for her development of the nuclear shell model—work she did at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Despite earning a PhD from the University of Göttingen in 1930, with three Nobel laureates on her doctoral committee, Goeppert-Mayer conducted most of her scientific and mathematical research as a volunteer. Often she received office space at the institutions where her husband held appointments, but she was not awarded a full professorship until she was 53. The Physical Sciences Division is committed to recognizing scholars with the capacity to inspire graduate students and bring a diverse perspective to the physical sciences. The endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship will support one senior professor each year who, like Goeppert-Mayer, has achieved distinction in the face of professional challenges.