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Dreschoff, Gisela

Gisela A.M.
Dreschoff, PhD
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Gisela Dreschoff
  • Physics researcher who has spent 20 field seasons in Antarctica
  • One of first women ever allowed to research in Antarctica
  • 1979: Recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States
  • 1983: Awarded the Group Achievement Award from NASA
  • 2000-03: President of the American Polar Society
  • Dreschhoff Peak, a mountain in Antarctica, named for her by the US Board on Geographic Names

Prof. Dreschhoff received her Ph.D. in Physics at the Technical University, Braunschweig, in 1972. After arriving at KU from Germany, where she had worked as Staff Scientist at the Federal Institute of Physics and Technology of Germany, she became involved in the Apollo Program. A few years later Dr. Dreschhoff spent ten summers in Antarctica from 1976 to 1986 using gamma-ray spectrometers in field surveys to evaluate the uranium resource potential of Antarctica. Ultimately she spent a total of twenty field seasons and expeditions in both polar regions. Dreschhoff’s current work is largely based on the data collected from Antarctic and Greenland ice cores involving solar physics, and this work represents a significant advance in our understanding of the cosmic radiation which impinges on the Earth. This information has been and continues to be useful to Space Exploration with regard to the effects of solar particle radiation on spacecraft.    

Honors & Achievements: 
  • Who’s Who in the World, 1987
  • Who’s Who in frontiers of Science and Technology, 1985
  • Fellow, Explorers Club
  • Nominated to the Board of Governors of the America Polar Society, 1997

"Dedication and investing much of personal time is key to succeeding in academia." -- Dr. Gisela Dreschoff

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