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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