Isabella Lugoski Karle

Field of work: 
Scientist

Isabella Karle graduated from Detroit’s Denby High School in 1937. By 1944, she earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. with a specialty in physical science at the University of Michigan. During her long and distinguished career at the Naval Research Laboratory, she made pioneering contributions in determining the three-dimensional structure of molecules and wrote over 250 scientific articles. Among her numerous prestigious honors, she received the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal, Hillebrand Prize of the Chemical Society of Washington, WISE Lifetime Achievement Award, Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and National Medal of Science.