16 Facts About Fay Ajzenberg-Selove


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was an American nuclear physicist.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was known for her experimental work in nuclear spectroscopy of light elements, and for her annual reviews of the energy levels of light atomic nuclei.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was a recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was born Fay Ajzenberg on 13 February 1926 in Berlin, Germany to a Polish Jewish family from Russian Empire.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove's father, Moisei Abramovich Aisenberg, was a mining engineer who studied at the St Petersburg School of Mines and her mother, Olga Ajzenberg nee Naiditch, was a pianist and mezzo-soprano who studied at the St Petersburg Academy of Music.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove's father worked as a chemical engineer in a sugar beet factory owned by her uncle Isaac Naiditch in Lieusaint, Seine-et-Marne, France.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove attended the University of Michigan, where she was friends with Haitian president "Papa Doc" Duvalier.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove graduated in 1946 with a BS in engineering, the only woman in a class of 100.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove found a method of creating Li targets by converting the sulphate to a chloride and electroplating it to the target.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove demonstrated that the excited states of the B nucleus were not evenly spaced as previously thought.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove did postdoctoral work with Thomas Lauritsen at the California Institute of Technology.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was hired as an assistant professor of physics at Boston University, but the dean lowered her salary 15 percent when he learned Ajzenberg was a woman.


In 1970, Fay Ajzenberg-Selove began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, where Selove had taught since 1957.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was not hired; the reasons cited were age and "inadequate research publications".


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and in 1973 the University of Pennsylvania was ordered to give her a tenured professorship.


Fay Ajzenberg-Selove became only the second female professor in the university's School of Arts and Sciences.