Inventors are inspirational. Elise Harmon was an inventor, physicist, chemist, and educator. She is known for her contributions to the miniaturization of computers.
Elise Harmon was born on September 3, 1909 in Mount Enterprise, Texas. She graduated high school around 1927 from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas. She then attended the University of North Texas. In 1930, she was elected president of the W.N. Masters Chemical Society. In 1931, Elise earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Also this year, her mother died and left her 11 year old sister to Elise and her Aunt to raise. She then earned a Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She, also, did post-graduate work at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
Elise taught chemistry, physics, and biology at Brownsville Junior High School in the mid to late 1930s. She later taught the same subjects at Texas Junior College, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. During World War II, Elise worked in the United States Naval Research Laboratory’s Aircraft and Electrical Division. She then worked for the Bureau of Standards and the Naval Research Bureau in Washington, D.C. In 1953, she became chief research printed circuit engineer for the Aerovox Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. She became head of Aerovox Corporation’s printed circuit activities. She became a member of the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Radio Engineers, and the Texas Academy of Science.
During her career, her contributions to the development of a hot die stamp method to create printed circuits with silver conductors on thermoplastics and thermosetting materials. Elise and Philip J. Franklin were awarded this patent in 1953. She,also, established the pilot plant procedures for a new method of printed circuitry. She was awarded numerous patents. In 1956, she was awarded the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award. In 1968, Elise was awarded the IPC President’s Award.Her work has been published as well.
She lived her later life in Redwood City, California. Elise Harmon died on March 6, 1985 in Santa Clara County, California. She is buried by family in Texas. Be inspired! Have a bright day!