Ursula Franklin @ the Berks

Join Canadian scientist Ursula Franklin, one of Canada’s foremost voices for peace, feminism, and social justice for over fifty years, in conversation from 10:00-10:30 am on Friday May 23, in University College 163.

Ursula Franklin, a University Professor Emerita in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at the University of Toronto, is a world renowned physicist, metallurgist, and peace activist who has written widely on the social impact of technology and the need for more women in science. We are honoured to have her at the Berks!

Born in Germany in 1921 and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp during World War II, Ursula Franklin earned her PhD from the Technical University in Berlin and moved to Canada in 1949. As a researcher for the Ontario Research Foundation, she was a pioneer in the development of archaeometry, which uses scientific techniques to analyze archaeological materials. In the early 1960s, she worked with Voice of Women, a Canadian peace organization, to gather and test children’s teeth to determine the effects of the fallout from testing nuclear weapons on the human body. Ursula Franklin’s numerous awards include the Order of Canada, the Pearson Peace Medal, and a Toronto high school named in her honour.

The conversation with Ursula Franklin follows 28 RT, which includes a paper on Ursula’s work by Anne Millar and Ruby Heap.

28 RT History of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Reflections on a Century, Fri. May 23, 8-10 am, UC 163
Chair: Claire Deschênes, Université Laval

History of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Reflections on a Century
Margaret W. Rossiter, Cornell University

Canadian and British Women Chemists, from the Past to the Present
Geoff Rayner-Canham, Memorial University and Marlene Rayner-Canham, Memorial University

’Don’t Check Your Feminism at the Laboratory Door’: Ursula Franklin and the Activism of Women Scientists and Engineers in Canada
Anne Millar, University of Ottawa and Ruby Heap, University of Ottawa

Gender Studies in the History of Science and Technology: A European Perspective
Delphine Gardey, Université de Genève

Historians of Science, Historians of Women, and Strange Ducks: Women Engineers
Ruth Schwartz Cowan, University of Pennsylvania

If you are interested in the history of science, check out these sessions too:

64P: Gender, Genetics and the Science of Reproduction, Friday 10:30-12:00
110P: Women, Empire and Science: The Atom and Transpacific Cold War Exchanges, Friday 3:30-5:00 pm
181P: Women on the Cutting Edge: Gender, Science, and Technology in the Era of Containment, Sat 1-2:30
187P: (De)Nationalizing the Body: Gender, Science, and the Politics of Reconstruction in U.S.-Japan Relations,, Sat. 1-2:30
195P: Communicating Across Borders of Knowledge: Science, Art, and Literacy in the Long 18th Century, Sat. 3-4:30 pm

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