Edith Bloch Fehr

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Edith Bloch Fehr


Authored by Debra Samson
Edition: 1

For Edith Bloch Fehr, life was something to be grabbed with both hands. She started early, traveling with her beloved grandmother-who single-handedly ran a successful retail business-throughout Germany and Switzerland. She learned about opera, art and nature from her father, an intellectual who wanted his children to have a full and rich education. She earned a doctorate in chemistry at a time when few women were doing "hard" science, and within two years published seven papers in biomedical engineering. In 1944 Edith transitioned to electrical engineering at General Electric, earning numerous patents for her work. Then in 1952, Edith became a nuclear engineer, teaching Cornell students how to run reactors, developing radiation detection devices for Sea Wolf nuclear submarines and then, at Yale University, setting targets for the linear accelerator. Throughout her career Edith was married to Bob Fehr, and the two of them raised a family while traveling, collecting art and loving life. In retirement she pursued her love of textile art, crafting on her loom and creating avant-garde needlepoint works for an exhibit in Greenwich, Connecticut when she was well into her 90s. This is her story, as told to memoirist Debra Samson.

Publication Date:
1484944879 / 9781484944875
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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