Maria Telkes

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Birthday
12, 1900
Birthplace
Hungary
Death Date
Dec 2, 1995 (94)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
12, 1900
Birthplace
Hungary
Death Date
Dec 2, 1995 (94)

About

Notable for her work in the field of solar energy, this prominent scientist invented the thermoelectric generator; the debut solar heat system; and a thermoelectricity-operated refrigerator.

Before Fame

After completing her doctorate in physical chemistry in her native Hungary, she relocated to the United States and conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Trivia

She was the 1952 recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Award and the 1977 winner of the American Solar Energy Society's Charles Greeley Abbot Award.

Family Life

A native of Hungary, she settled in Boston, Massachusetts, during her early adulthood years and later lived and worked in Texas.

Associated With

She and Farrington Daniels were both pioneers in the field of solar energy.