Lost Women of Science Podcast, Season 2, Episode 5: La Jolla

Thu, 28 Apr 2022 06:00:00 GMT
Scientific American - Technology

Klára Dán von Neumann encounters a new home, a new husband and a new project

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. EPISODE TRANSCRIPT. KATIE HAFNER: Before we get into it, just a note-this episode includes content that could be upsetting.

KATIE HAFNER: I'm Katie Hafner and this is Lost Women of Science, where we unearth stories of scientists who haven't gotten the recognition they deserve.

In this, our last episode of the season, we explore that "Newest incarnation" of Klari's life: her final years in sunny California that were filled with the promise of peace and quiet.

His comment about why Klari married Carl is just one explanation, of course, but George does have a personal connection to this story: He grew up in Klari's world.

NORA MATHISON: Seems like it's right off the road. KATIE HAFNER: We just arrived in La Jolla, to check out Klari's home.

KATIE HAFNER: Without the memoir, Klari's life would have looked really different to us, too.

We don't know how much this rejection affected Klari, but we do know that we probably wouldn't be telling her story on Lost Women of Science if the book had been published and her work recognized.

I'm Katie Hafner, and this is Lost Women of Science.

KATIE HAFNER: That's George Dyson, again, reflecting on Klari's life.

KATIE HAFNER: George is talking about Klari's work writing code.

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