Milestones, Mar. 6, 1972

Died. Maria Goeppert Mayer, 65, only woman besides Madame Curie to win the Nobel Prize in physics; of a heart attack; in San Diego. A German-born scientist who emigrated to the U.S. in 1930, Mayer visualized the atomic nucleus as a series of onion-like layers of neutrons and protons. That insight was developed into the Jensen-Mayer "shell theory" of the nucleus, for which she shared the 1963 Nobel Prize with fellow physicists Hans Jensen of Heidelberg and Eugene Wigner of Princeton.


Died. Walter Winchell, 74, gossip columnist and rapid-fire radio reporter (see THE...

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