(Picture: Columbia University)
Secondly, Professor Neumark (as she was known professionally) obtained patents on aspects of her research, which in 2005 she successfully asserted against a number of companies, including the Philips Lumileds Lighting Company, Epistar, Toyoda Gosei and Osram. More recently, in 2008, she filed complaints with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against numerous companies, including such luminaries (pardon the pun) as Sony, Nokia and Hitachi.
All in all, according to her former lawyer, she secured more than US$27 million in settlements and licensing fees from over 40 companies.
Not least, however, we were impressed by her achievement of all this within a male-dominated field, and after her jewish family had fled Nazi Germany for the US in 1935. As Professor Neumark was reported as saying in 2008, 'I just want recognition for the work that I did, and I want to show that women can do science.'
Well, of course women can do science, although it is telling that this still needs to be said in the 21st century. Professor Neumark also proved it by example. Vale and RIP.
To read more:
- Obituary in the New York Times.
- US Patent No. 4,904,618, 'Process for doping crystals of wide band gap semiconductors'.
- US Patent No. 5,252,499, 'Wide band-gap semiconductors having low bipolar resistivity and method of formation'.