Carnegie Mellon University where Julia Weertman earned her Bachelor of Sciences, Master of Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
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Ecole Normale Supérieure where Julia Weertman did her studies from 1951 to 1952.
(A collaborative volume by Johannes Weertman and Julia R. ...)
A collaborative volume by Johannes Weertman and Julia R. Weertman which approaches elementary dislocation theory from its most basic level.
Julia Randall Weertman grew up in Pittsburgh, graduating from Mount Lebanon High School in 1943.
As a youngster, Weertman loved airplanes and flying. She announced to her parents that she wanted to fly. Weertman’s parents replied that she would have to become an aeronautical engineer before they would consent to let her learn to fly. Pursuing this goal, Weertman studied science vigorously, eventually deciding that she liked physics best.
After high school, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1946, her Master’s in 1947, followed by a doctorate in 1951, all from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (currently Carnegie Mellon University).
Under the auspices of a Rotary International Fellowship, Weertman followed graduate school with post-doctorate work at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris from 1951 to 1952.
Julia Weertman started her career in Washington, D.C., where she came to work at the United States Naval Research Laboratory in 1952. Most of her work centered around ferromagnetic spin resonance and study of the basic concepts of magnetism. Her work at the institution lasted six years, till her husband accepted a position in London, working for the Office of Naval Research. By this time, Weertman had a daughter, Julia. She put her career on hold to raise her daughter. In early 1960, Johannes Weertman accepted a position at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
A year later, son Bruce was born. During this interval, Weertman occupied herself with raising her children, community work, and being a Girl Scout troop leader. During this time, she also collaborated with her husband to write a textbook entitled Elementary Dislocation Theory, published in 1964.
Much of the work Julia Weertman did early in her career centered not only on dislocation, a condition that allows metals to be manipulated more easily but on studying the effects of very high temperatures on pure metals and alloys with respect to their fatigue and failure. Weertman studied the mechanical effects of the high heat as it related to such properties as tensile strength and brittleness and small-angle neutron scattering as well. Her work helped characterize materials so that boundary interactions and mechanical properties were more easily understood.
In 1972, Weertman became a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University. After her third year at Northwestern, she was teaching full-time, eventually receiving tenure. By 1982, she had been a full professor, working in the Material Science and Engineering Department. Four years later, she briefly taught at a technical college in Switzerland. She returned to Northwestern University and assumed leadership of the Material Science and Engineering Department in 1987, serving until 1992.
(A collaborative volume by Johannes Weertman and Julia R. ...)1964
Julia Weertman was a member of the American Institute of Physics, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, and was also an international fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Weertman served in one of the National Academy of Sciences’ standing committees as chairperson of the Solid States Science Committee. She was also an advisor to the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, the National Bureau of Standard and Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Julia Weertman met her future husband, a materials scientist, and geophysicist, Johannes Weertman, while studying in a college of Carnegie Mellon University. They married on February 10, 1950.
The family produced two children named Julia and Bruce.