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Niskayuna in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Edith M. Boldebuck


Edith M. Boldebuck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, September 7, 2018
1. Edith M. Boldebuck Marker
Edith M. Boldebuck,
a leading GE patent holder,
played a key role in the
developments of plastics and
insulating materials.

Erected by George E. Pataki, Governor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineWomen.
Location. 42° 49.566′ N, 73° 52.705′ W. Marker is in Niskayuna, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on River Road, on the right. Marker is in front of GE Global Research on the traffic circle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Research Circle, Schenectady NY 12309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Electric Research Laboratory (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Brown Hiking Trails and Mohawk River State Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Raymond F. Loucks (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Historic Rexford Aqueduct (approx. 1.7 miles away); Vischer House
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(approx. 1.8 miles away); Aqueduct, 1842 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tavern c. 1820 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rexford Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niskayuna.
Regarding Edith M. Boldebuck. Edith Boldebuck received her Ph.D in 1944 from the University of Chicago. She was hired by GE in 1945. Dr. Boldebuck was a rare woman scientist, and rarer still, worked in the emerging field of polymer chemistry. Her work centered on making high temperature wire coatings and insulation using mainly polyimides and silicones. She was awarded approximately 48 patents.
Also see . . .  General Electric Women in Science - 1954 (YouTube, 3.5 min.). General Electric promotional film from 1954 highlighting research accomplishments from female scientists at the GE Research Laboratory (now GE Global Research). Scientists profiled include Dr. Katharine Blodgett and Dr. Edith M. Boldebuck. GE spokesperson and noted sportscaster Red Barber introduces and narrates the segment. (Submitted on September 8, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 
Edith Boldebuck image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of WRGB and miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, circa November 1945
2. Edith Boldebuck
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 7, 2018, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on September 7, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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