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Margaret Ehrlich

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Margaret Ehrlich received her undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Vienna in 1938. From 1941-47, she was chief X-ray technician at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Ehrlich was hired by L.S. Taylor in the National Bureau of Standards (NBS, now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST) X-Ray Section of the Atomic Physics Division in 1947. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1955, with a thesis on X-ray and electron interactions with photographic emulsions. 

Notable honors and awards: 

  • Silver Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1962
  • Gold Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1977

Other appointments:

  • Visiting scientist, International Atomic Energy Agency, 1960-61
  • Chair, Health Physics Society working group on standards for personnel protection dosimetry
  • Councilor, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

Research interests: fundamental physics of radiation interactions with emulsions and photographic films; personnel protection dosimetry devices for accurate transfer measurements for electrons, photons and neutrons; national and international standards for protection of radiation workers

Created July 26, 2019, Updated September 20, 2019