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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Environmental Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
I Am Not Fattening Frogs For Snakes.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1948
Birth Location:
Brooklyn, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Environmental Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pie (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
I Am Not Fattening Frogs For Snakes.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1948
Birth Location:
Brooklyn
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Biography

Physicist Hattie Carwell was born on July 17, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. Carwell grew up in a nurturing black community in Ashland, Virginia, which encouraged her interest in science. After graduating from high school in 1966, she enrolled at Bennett College for Women. Carwell earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from Bennett College in 1971. She went on to earn her M.S. degree in health physics from Rutgers University in 1971.

Throughout her career, Carwell has worked nationally and internationally for the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Atomic Energy Agency as a health physicist and nuclear safeguards group leader. From 1980 to 1985, she went on leave to Vienna, Austria where she served as a nuclear safeguards inspector and group leader at the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 1990, she became a program manager for high energy and nuclear programs with the DOE San Francisco Operations Office. She then became a senior facility operations engineer at the Berkeley Site Office in 1992. In 1994, Carwell was promoted to operations lead at the Berkeley Site Office, a position which she held until 2006. She became a senior physical scientist before retiring in 2008.

Carwell has written numerous research articles and two books including, Blacks in Science: Astrophysicist to Zoologist. Carwell is a Board Member of the Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers, an organization of which she is a past President. She is treasurer for the National Council of Black Engineers and Scientists, co-founder and chair of the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology, and Director of the Museum of African American Technology (MAAT) Science Village. MAAT Science Village archives information on the achievements of Africa American in science and engineering.

Carwell is the recipient of numerous performance awards from the Department of Energy, and is recognized as a community leader. She is a distinguished alumna of Bennett College and included in the Black College Hall of Fame. Her achievements are annotated in biographical

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell talks about her maternal great grandmother, Edmonia Tunstall
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about her family's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about her mother's life in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hattie Carwell describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes her father's background and military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell talks about her parents and siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell talks about her uncle Patrick Tunstall and her adoptive grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell describes the sights, smells, and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hattie Carwell describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hattie Carwell talks about Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes her mischievous nature as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell describes her aunt and uncle as parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell describes her experience at John Manuel Gandy High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about civil rights and the Richmond Improvement Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about her interest in news and current events
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hattie Carwell talks about her high school interests and opportunities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hattie Carwell discusses her high school experiences with science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes her selection of Bennett College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell describes her experience at Bennett College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell describes her interest in California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell discusses her work in the field of radiation science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about the Atomic Energy Commission and exposure to radiation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about human radiation experiments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes the effects of exposure to radiation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell describe measures people take to shield themselves from radiation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell talks about her internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell describes her thesis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell describes working at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about her return to Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes her work with the Atomic Energy Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell talks about her transfer to California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell talks about her experience at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell describes her work in Vienna, Austria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about her travels while working for the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell talks about her work as a group leader for the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell talks about her second year at the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell describes her return to the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell describes her work in Rocky Flats, Colorado (part 1)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell describes her work in Rocky Flats, Colorado (part 2)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about her work with the High Energy and Nuclear Programs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell talks about her appointment at Lawrence-Berkeley
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell reflects on her time at the Department of Energy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell talks about her book, 'Blacks in Science'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell talks about Dr. Warren Henry (part 1)
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about Dr. Warren Henry (part 2)
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell talks about Ernest Just
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Hattie Carwell talks about Glenn Seaborg
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Hattie Carwell discusses the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Hattie Carwell talks about the Museum for African American Technology Science Village
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Hattie Carwell describes exhibits in the Museum for African American Technology Science Village
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Hattie Carwell talks about her publication exploring green technology
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Hattie Carwell shares her hopes and concerns for the African American communiry
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Hattie Carwell talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Hattie Carwell talks about her personal life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Hattie Carwell tells how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Hattie Carwell describes her photos