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NASA, Microbiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry, Medical School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


An oral history interview with Millicent Goldschmidt about her career at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) where she has held faculty positions in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry, UTHealth Medical School, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Millicent Edna Goldschmidt, Ph.D., came to the Texas Medical Center after an educational journey that included parental objections and a husband’s ethical concerns about research.

Once in Houston, her professional journey took her to almost every institution in the Texas Medical Center – from Baylor College of Medicine to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UT Medical School (now known as McGovern Medical School at The UT Health Science Center), and the UT Dental Branch. In doing so, she perfected methods of rapid identification of bacteria, prepared a safe laboratory landing spots for the first moon rocks and mentored students in her chosen field of microbiology, all the while partnering with a husband whose career and intellect matched her own and raising two bright children. Now in her tenth decade, Dr. Goldschmidt maintains her professional credentials, speaking to groups of microbiologists and women scientists. She remains a dogged proponent of women scientists and their right to be respected in the workplace.

She was born June 1, 1926 in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Interview by: Ruth SoRelle
Transcription: Danielle Bustillos SoRelle
Date: October 28, 2016



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