GENERA: Toward Equity in Physics

Thomas Berghöfer

A European consortium aims to increase the presence of talented women in physics by monitoring and improving gender equity initiatives.

figure[GENERA Project]

In 1921, Albert Einstein earned the Nobel Prize for discovering the photoelectric effect, which occurs when matter emits electrons upon exposure to light—an effect employed by most light sensors today. But did he do it alone? It’s long been speculated that Einstein’s first wife Mileva Einstein-Maric, also a physicist, collaborated on his work. And, while we may never know the answer, it is undeniable that today, many outstanding female physicists are involved in the development and application of light sensors.

Log in or become a member to view the full text of this article.

This article may be available for purchase via the search at Optica Publishing Group.
Optica Members get the full text of Optics & Photonics News, plus a variety of other member benefits.

Add a Comment