The science community was saddened recently, when it learned renowned physicist, Mildred (Millie) S. Dresselhaus—the “Queen of Carbon” and pioneer of nanoscience—had passed away at age 86.
Throughout her storied career, Dresselhaus also served as director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy; as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; as chair of the governing board of the American Institute of Physics; as co-chair of the recent Decadal Study of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; and as treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, she was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. And in 2014, then-President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States.
Millie was an MRS Fellow, a recipient of the Society's highest honor, the Von Hippel Award, and an author of numerous articles in the MRS Journals Collection. In celebration and memory of Millie and her tremendous achievements, MRS and its publishing partner, Cambridge University Press, have made articles from the MRS Journals Collection, authored by or about Dresselhaus, free for a limited time.