Bramley, Jenny Rosenthal (1910—)

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Bramley, Jenny Rosenthal (1910—)

American engineer. Born in 1910; married Arthur Bramley (also an engineer).

Jenny Rosenthal Bramley has been cited for achievement in spectroscopy, optics, and mathematical techniques and their applications. Her basic research for the invention of the microwave-pumped, high-efficiency lamp was applied to subsequent development of high efficiency lasers. In the 1950s, Bramley headed the mathematics department at Monmouth Junior College, where she and her husband did pioneering work applying electroluminescence to solid state display and storage devices. The patents they obtained on their work were later licensed to IBM. Bramley also invented techniques of coding and decoding pictorial information, which were later used in classified studies. Some of her work on alphanumerics was of interest to the FBI. Her research of the hyperfine structure anomaly was required reading for students doing research in nuclear physics or hyperfine structure.