Dorothy Hoffman

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Dorothy Hoffman was born in New York City, New York back in 1915.  She was trained as a concert pianist where she performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She studied at City University of New York before receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1947.

After graduation, she worked for the International Resistance Company in Philadelphia as an engineer.  She moved up to being a research project leader.  When she retired in 1990 she was the Head of Thin Film Laboratory at David Samoff Research Center in Penns Neck, New Jersey, where she worked for 28 years.  She died in 1996, she was 81.

What you may not know about Dorothy is that she was the first woman to be elected President of the American Vacuum Society and the first woman to serve as president of any scientific society in the United States.

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Comments (13)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care and be safe.

Aug 29, 2020 04:04 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The American Vacuum Society???  Okay, this may be a great achievement but all I can think of is a legion of Kirby Sales persons James Dray .

Aug 29, 2020 04:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

God morning James. Dorothy paved the way for others to follow with dedication. Enjoy your day!

Aug 29, 2020 05:28 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

As always you can't keep a good women down.

Aug 29, 2020 05:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea that there was an American Vacuum Society! You always astound me with the facts you share. A

Aug 29, 2020 06:04 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a talented woman that thrived in different arenas, I am sure I would have enjoyed listening to her play the piano.

Aug 29, 2020 07:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... I had no clue whatsoever that there was an American Vacuum Society! Always love reading about women who were a "first."

Aug 29, 2020 07:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - at that time women were very rare in the science field.

Aug 29, 2020 07:45 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing this interesting story of Dorothy Hoffman.  She was very interested and dedicated to continuing her education and career in the sciences.

Aug 29, 2020 03:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi and happy Saturday James. Another woman who made sure that women who followed her would have a better chance. 

Aug 29, 2020 04:59 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OK James now you need to tell us what the Vacuum Society is. Clearly I am confident I am not the only one who has never heard of it:))Endre

Aug 29, 2020 10:20 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

She certainly had a diverse career. I suspect the American Vacuum Society is not quite what the name implies!


Aug 31, 2020 08:49 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Dorothy Hoffman was another whose ability to shatter a glass ceiling is legendary.

Sep 21, 2020 04:41 PM

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