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Esther Conwell

Research Professor
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Chemistry

Areas of expertise: Electron flow in semicondcutors; electron movement through DNA.

Press contact:
Peter Iglinski

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In the News

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Area commencement ceremonies to honor nearly 17,000 college graduates
May 09, 2013

WXXI AM News - Meet pioneering scientist Esther Conwell
September 15, 2011

Nature (Scitable)
Women in Science
January 04, 2011

National Science Foundation
Esther Conwell heard early in her career that women could not be engineers.
November 24, 2010

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News Releases

University of Rochester's Esther Conwell to Receive National Medal of Science
October 15, 2010

University of Rochester's Esther Conwell, a Pioneering Woman Scientist, to Receive the National Medal of Science
October 15, 2010

Chemist Honored for Encouraging Women in Science
September 11, 2007

Chemistry Professor Honored with Anthony Achievement Award
March 01, 2006

Anthony Legacy Dinner Salutes Women
January 27, 2006

DNA Mutation Puzzle Has Roots in Quantum Physics Weirdness
August 18, 2005

Top Female Chemist Receives $20,000 Dreyfus Foundation Award
February 24, 2005

Internationally Recognized Physicist Joins University Faculty
July 07, 2003

Three Rochester Professors Selected for National Academy of Sciences
July 07, 2003

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Prof. Conwell helped launch the computer revolution by explaining how electrons travel through semiconductors. Conwell and physicist Victor Weisskopf developed the Conwell-Weisskopf theory which described how "impurity ions" impede the flow of electrons. She is currently studying the movement of electrons through DNA. Conwell was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in November 2010.