CSULA’s first woman physicist garners fellowship

Recognized for “her scholarly contributions to the history of ideas in physics, history of condensed matter physics, and history of women in physics,” Frieda Stahl (Emerita, Physics and Astronomy) has recently been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

As the first woman physicist at Cal State L.A., Stahl joined the faculty in 1958, following several years of employment in industrial semiconductor research. In her 33+ years here, Stahl proposed, developed and taught upper division and graduate courses in electromagnetic theory, physical electronics, and solid state physics, and taught introductory courses for physical science, engineering, life science, and liberal arts majors.

Only one-half of one percent of the total APS membership is elected to the status of Fellow in the Society each year. Each new fellow is elected after careful and competitive review and recommendation by a fellowship committee on the unit level, additional review by the APS Fellowship Committee, and final approval by the full APS Council. Stahl’s recommending unit was the APS Forum on History of Physics.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who advance knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.