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Natasha Goldowski Renner

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I found the following on your website:

Natasha Goldowski Renner Prize in Physics
This award, established in memory of Dr. Natasha Goldowski Renner, assistant professor of physics from 1956-1962, is presented to a student who has shown excellence and promise in the study of physics.

Is Natasha Goldowski Renner the same as Moscow-born Natasha Goldowski who taught at Black Mountain College before joining the Manhattan Project? If so, I have two questions:
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014  |  133 Views
 
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Yes, Nathalie (Natasha) Goldowski Renner taught at Alfred University from 1956-1962; the same woman who worked on the Manhattan Project and taught at Black Mountain College, among other things. There's a paragraph on her on page 189 in the book "Their Day in the Sun: Women of the Manhattan Project" that says pretty much the same thing. It also says she became a U.S. citizen in 1947. You can read the paragraph online through Google Books.

She was a well-respected and beloved faculty member here. I'm fairly certain she was Jewish (one of our retired faculty members who knew her said it was "a safe assumption" but can't say that with 100% confidence. In a 1942 passenger list (found in Ancestry.com) it says that she was Hebrew. On that trip she came to New York from Morocco. Her birth year is listed as 1908. That year is also listed in a 1947 passenger list (Sweden to NY) as well as in a PDF document called "Hyde Park Women in the Manhattan Project" (found through a Google search).

The biographical information in the University Archives does not list her personal information so I can't verify that date with an independent source of my own. She is apparently listed in the biographical publication "American Men and Women of Science" which I do not have access to; it may have more information that gives her birth date. I do know that she died on Oct 22, 1966 in Guadalajara, Mexico from meningitis. The scholarship was set up by the faculty and staff at Alfred University in her memory.

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  1. Laurie,

    I've located Natasha Goldowski's CV. Unfortunately, it makes no mention of her work with the Manhattan Project (secret, I suppose) but I have no doubt she worked there, and I know what she did there.

    -- Bill
    by Bill Streifer on Apr 08, 2015.
  2. I wonder if it's possible to know if Natashi Goldowski ever had children. If so, I would like to talk to them.
    by Bill on Feb 12, 2016.
  3. Bill - there's no mention of her having any children in the biographical material I have in our archives, nor in the local area obituary.
    by Laurie McFadden on Feb 15, 2016.

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