In 1981 Mary K Gaillard became the first woman on the physics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Her career as a theoretical physicist spanned the period from the inception — in the late 1960s and early 1970s — of what is now known as the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental confirmation, culminating with the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012. Her book A Singularly Unfeminine Profession recounts Gaillard's experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated field, while tracing the development of the Standard Model as she witnessed it and participated in it.
Following the book presentation, Prof. Valerie Gibson from the University of Cambridge will comment on her own journey and how it is to be a woman in the world of physics today during a discussion round with P.E.Mary K Gaillard and the audience. The discussion round will be moderated by Geneviève Guinot, the CERN Diversity Programme Leader.
Coffee will be served at 3:30pm.
The book can be borrowed from the CERN library, bought at the CERN library (bldg. 52, 1st floor) or accessed online on the publisher's website (World Scientific) (free of charge for anyone with a CERN account)
(There will also be a Theory Seminar by Mary K Gaillard on "Supergravity at one loop, anomalies and applications to string phenomenology" - Wednesday, 18 May at 2pm at the TH Conference Room)