In Memoriam: Domina Spencer

We are saddened to report the news of the passing of Domina Eberle Spencer, Professor Emerita.

Domina received her PhD in 1942 from MIT, writing a thesis on tensors and geometry. It was an era when few women were included in mathematics doctoral programs. Domina served on our faculty for many decades. Though I never got to meet her, I heard about her regularly from those who were close to her. Many of you knew her as colleague from her time on our faculty. Domina’s research work was in mathematical physics, focusing primarily on electromagnetic theory. Her publications include Theory of Holors (Cambridge University Press, 1986), coauthored with Parry Moon. She is named as one of the inventors of a fluorescent lamp. Those who knew her closely have told me about her adventures on the sailing team in her student years and that she played the flute even in her later years. She turned 101 last September.

Domina will remain a part of this department’s history, a remarkable scholar and human being.


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