Elise Frances Harmon



Elise Frances Harmon was born in 1909 and was an American physicist, chemist, and influential contributor to the miniaturization of computers.

She graduated from Marshal High School in Texas in 1927 and earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 1931. She then earned a Masters of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by post-graduate wsork at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Elise Harmon went on to teach chemistry, physics, and biology at the Brownsville Junior High School, and later taught at Texas Junior College, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin.

During WWII, she worked in the US Naval Research Laboratory's Aircraft and Electrical Division. She later worked for the Bureau of Standards and the Naval Research Bureau. In 1953 she was the chief research printed circuit engineer for the Aerovox Corporation, becoming the head of their printed circuit activities in the 1970s.

Her major contribution was the development of a hot die stamp method to create printed circuits, where silver conductors were infused on thermoplastics and thermosetting materials. She died in 1985 in California.

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