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.

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

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