Thanks to Deb Hirsch, who pointed out this article in the Atlantic about Ursula Franklin. According to the article,
The 92-year-old metallurgist pioneered the field of archeometry, the science of dating archaeologically discovered bronzes, metals, and ceramics. Her research into spiking levels of radioactive strontium in baby teeth factored heavily into the U.S. government’s decision to institute a nuclear test ban.
The extensive interview is terrific. And something Franklin says about gender issues reminds me of conversations I have had with Iris Critchell about WWII. During the war, people did what needed to be done, and stepped in where they could to get the jobs done. More significant issues arose postwar, when some women were supposed to step out of roles they successfully had assumed.