December 12, 1963

“Winning the prize wasn’t half as exciting as doing the work itself.”  Maria   Goeppert  Mayer

Maria Goeppert Mayer accepts the Nobel Prize in physics becoming the second woman to receive the honor after Marie Curie in 1903.

Maria Goeppert Mayer was a German-born American theoretical physicist, and Nobel laureate in Physics for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. She was the second woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics, the first being Marie Curie

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Maria Goeppert Mayer
05 Nov 1963, La Jolla, California, USA — Dr. Maria Goeppert Mayer (shown in file photo) of the University of California was named a co-winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics. She and Prof. Hans D. Jenson of the University of Heidelberg in Germany were awarded for their joint discoveries on nuclear shell structure. Prof. Eugene Wigner of Princeton University shared the award with the two. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS