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Childhood in Cleveland, 1902-1919; interest in mechanical things and in physics, Joseph Valasek's influence. At Case Western Reserve University (Dayton Miller), 1919-1923; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1923-1924; University of Minnesota, 1924-1926; work with Paul Heymans on photoelasticity; John Van Vleck's student. Marriage to Joseph Valasek's sister, 1925. About Anthony Zeleny, J. Valasek. University of Pittsburgh, 1926-1941; with Erwin Schrödinger in Berlin, 1929; interest in pedagogy and development of teaching equipment.
Educational background, University of Minnesota electrical engineering; Ph.D.
Family background, childhood and education up through college, all in Indiana; her graduate study, first at Battle Creek College (M.A.), then at the University of California under J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ph.D. 1933; also attended University of Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics, 1929. Between her Ph.D. and her first college faculty position (Connecticut College for Women, 1937-1938) she held postdoctoral fellowships at University of California, Bryn Mawr College and the Institute for Advanced Study.