SLC to celebrate Nobel Prize winning physicist and former faculty member Dr. Maria Goeppert Mayer on 9/12

On Wednesday, September 12, Sarah Lawrence College will hold a campus wide celebration in honor of the College's Nobel Prize winning faculty member (1941-46) Maria Goeppert Mayer, one of only two women to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.

The celebration will include a faculty panel, a reception, and the dedication of the College's Physics lab in Mayer’s honor. There will also be a lecture by physicist Jim Gates Jr., who makes inspiring connections between his work on superstring/M theory and other human ways of knowing the universe, including art, math, music, and even theology.

Dr. Maria Goeppert Mayer was dedicated to "teaching as it is done at Sarah Lawrence—not the mere imparting of knowledge, but the human contact with developing personalities." Despite her willingness to serve her country by working on the Manhattan Project, Dr. Mayer was committed to Sarah Lawrence, declaring that if war work "imperiled the possibility of my return to Sarah Lawrence, the personal sacrifice demanded is too much".

Event details:

Wednesday, September 12
Donnelley Auditorium, Heimbold Visual Arts Center

Welcome reception
4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussing Maria Goeppert Mayer at SLC
5:15 p.m.
View an online exhibit about Maria Goeppert Mayer from the Sarah Lawrence College Archives»

Unveiling of plaque dedicating the Maria Mayer Physics Laboratory
6:15 p.m.

Lecture by Physicist Sylvester James "Jim" Gates, Jr.
"Symmetry and the Quincunx Nexus"
6:30 p.m.

For information about this event, please contact the Office of College Events at (914) 395-2412 or The event is free and open to the public.