CARBON QUEEN: Author talk & book signing with Maia Weinstock

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Note: This event was previously scheduled for Nov. 3. The new date is Nov. 10.

Join MIT.nano for this special event with Weinstock and invited guest speakers to celebrate the life of Mildred Dresselhaus.

CARBON QUEEN: The Life of Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Nanoscience Innovator

DATE: Thursday, November 10, 2022
TIME: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET; book signing to immediately follow.
LOCATION: Grier Room B (34-401B)

All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win copies of CARBON QUEEN or Millie LEGO mini figures! Books will also be available for purchase, courtesy of the MIT Press Bookstore.


Joining Weinstock for this special event:

Mingda Li
Class ’47 Career Development Assistant Professor
Nuclear Science and Engineering

Frances Ross
Ellen Swallow Richards Professor
Materials Science and Engineering


Maia Weinstock speaks on the life and work of the extraordinary MIT physicist, electrical engineer, and materials scientist Millie Dresselhaus (1930-2017). As a girl in New York City in the 1940s, Dresselhaus was taught that there were only three career options open to women: secretary, nurse, or teacher. But sneaking into museums, purchasing three-cent copies of National Geographic, and devouring books on the history of science ignited in Dresselhaus a passion for inquiry.

Dresselhaus defied expectations and forged a career in solid-state physics, making highly influential discoveries about the properties of carbon and other materials. In so doing, she helped reshape our world in countless ways — from electronics to aviation to medicine to energy. She was also a path-breaking role model for underrepresented individuals in science and engineering and a beloved educator, mentor, and colleague. 

Weinstock's talk is a prelude to the 2022 Dresselhaus Lecture, taking place Monday, November 21 at MIT. See who is the 2022 honoree.


Maia Weinstock, author of Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus (MIT Press, 2022), is an editor, writer, and producer of science, academic, and children's media. Deputy editorial director at MIT News, Maia previously served as the editorial director at BrainPOP, and as a staff member at Discover,, Aviation Week & Space Technology, and Scholastic's Science World.

Maia writes often on the history of women in STEM and on diversity in STEM media. She is also internationally known for her custom LEGO projects including Women of NASA, a LEGO Ideas-winning and Amazon best-selling toy, and Women of Computing, a LEGO Ideas finalist. Maia has also been an MIT lecturer on the history of women in STEM and led efforts to increase the participation and representation of women on Wikipedia.


MIT.nano established the Dresselhaus Lecture Series in 2019 in honor of Mildred "Millie" Dresselhaus, a beloved MIT professor whose research helped unlock the mysteries of carbon, the most fundamental of organic elements—earning her the nickname “queen of carbon science.” The annual event recognizes a significant figure in science and engineering from anywhere in the world whose leadership and impact echo Millie’s life, accomplishments, and values. Read more about Mildred S. Dresselhaus.

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