Gutenberg, Hertha (Faculty Wife)
- Existence: 1897 - 1990
Background: See profile of Beno Gutenberg.
Description: Hertha Gutenberg, née Dernburg, was born in Darmstadt, Germany. She met her husband, the renowned geophysicist Beno Gutenberg, also of Darmstadt, following World War I and they were married in 1919. Hertha worked in the Gutenberg family soap factory while Beno began teaching at the University of Frankfurt. Following an invitation to a seismological conference in Pasadena in 1929, Gutenberg received an offer of a permanent appointment at Caltech. The Gutenberg family left Germany in 1930 to settle permanently in Pasadena. Mrs. Gutenberg was socially active among Caltech faculty wives. She died in Pasadena in 1990. She and Beno had two children, Arthur (1920-2001) and Stephanie (b. 1925).
Collection Notes: Oral history, 1980. In this 47-page oral history with Mary Terrall, Hertha Gutenberg describes life in Germany during World War I and during the 1920s; her emigration to the US in 1930, visits back; and assisting many family members and friends during the Nazi rise to power in the 1930s. She recounts her social life at Caltech under the Millikans and DuBridges, and her involvement with other faculty wives in social and civic actitivies. She recalls her husband's devotion to the seismology lab and to Caltech. Finally, she records her connection with Albert and Elsa Einstein during their visits to Pasadena between 1931-1933.
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Herta Gutenberg was the wife of the geophphysicist Beno Gutenberg. See her profile for further information.