Gertrude F. Neumark (1927–2010)

Materials Science and Engineering
Howe Professor Emerita of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor Emerita of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics


Research Specialty

Material science & physics of semiconductors, with emphasis on optical & electrical properties of wide bandgap semiconductors & their light emitting devices


Columbia University, Ph.D. (Chemistry) 1951

Radcliffe College, M.A. (Chemistry) 1949

Barnard College, B.A. Summa Cum Laude (Chemistry) 1948


  • B.A. Degree Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa (elected 1948)
  • Rice Fellowship from Barnard (only Fellowship given to graduating class for graduate work in science) (1948)
  • Dana Fellowship, Radcliffe (1948)
  • Anderson postdoctoral Fellowship, AAUW (1951)
  • Sigma Xi (elected 1951)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (elected 1982)
  • NSF award as Visiting Professor at Columbia University (1982/3)
  • Listing, by American Physical Society, on archival website under Notable Woman Physicists (1998)


Professional Experience

Columbia University, New York

  • Professor of Materials Science (1985-Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Materials Science (1983-85)
  • Visiting Professor, Materials Science (1982-83)

Philips Laboratories, Briarcliff Manor, NY

  • Member Technical Staff; Senior Member Research Staff;
    Program Leader (1960-85)

Sylvania Research Laboratories, Bayside, NY

  • Senior Physicist; Advanced Research Physicist (1952-60)


Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society, Fellow
  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • New York Academy of Science
  • Society of Women Engineers, Senior Member
  • Listing, in Who's Who in America


Professional Activities

  • Member, Award Committee for the Geoppert Meyer Prize of the Amerian Physical Society
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Semiconductor Meeting at Trieste Institute of Theoretical Studies
  • Panelist for National Research Council
  • Reviewer of Research Program for Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche
  • Panelist and reviewer of proposals for the National Science Foundation
  • Reviewer of proposals for Department of Energy


Publications (Highlights)

I. Kuskovsky, D. Li, G. F. Neumark, M. Moldovan, N.C. Giles, V. N. Bondarev, and P. V. Pikhitsa, "Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Heavily Nitrogen-Doped ZnSe: Role of Fluctuations," J. Cryst. Growth, in press.

I. Kuskovsky, G. F. Neumark, V. N. Bondarev, and P. V. Pikhitsa, "Decay Dynamics in Disordered Systems: Applications to Heavily Doped Semiconductors," Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2413 (1998)

G. F. Neumark and N. C. Padmapani, "Laser Processing of II-VI Compounds for Improved Doping," Materials Science and Engineering B45, 213 (1997)

I. Kuskovsky and G. F. Neumark, "Doping and Non-Equilibrium during Low-Temperature Growth: Application to MBE," Inst. Phys. Conf. Ser. No. 155, 227 (1997)

C. Kothandaraman, G. F. Neumark, and J. A. Kash, "Temperature Evolution of Excitonic Luminescence in N-Doped ZnSe," Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 2016 (1997)

C. Kothandaraman, I. Kuskovsky, and G. F. Neumark, "Time Resolved Luminescence Study of Heavily N-Doped ZnSe," Appl. Phys. Lett. 69, 1523 (1996)

I. Kuskovsky and G. F. Neumark, "Characterization of ZnSe:N Using Screening Effect," Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 406, 443 (1996)

C. Kothandaraman, G. F. Neumark, and R. M. Park, "Compensation in Heavily N-Doped ZnSe - A Luminescence Study," J. Cryst. Growth 159, 298 (1996)

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