Martha Goodway is an American metallurgist, specializing in archaeometallurgy, the study of traditional techniques of mining, smelting, and working metals; and an expert in the use of metals in historical harpsichords.
Early life and education
Martha Goodway was raised in Roslindale, Massachusetts. She graduated from Roslindale High School in 1952, and earned a bachelor's degree in general engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. She was one of only nineteen women to earn degrees at MIT that year.
After college she became interested in conservation science, and studied with William Young at the Objects Conservation and Scientific Research Laboratory in Boston. Through Young's connections, she became a metallurgist at the Conservation Analytical Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution. In that job, she worked on such diverse historical artifacts as waterproof Greek vessels, Etruscan mirrors, 18th-century wire jewelry from Germany, and the crankcase of the Wright Brothers' first flyer. She was also consulted for comments on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
She developed an interest in the use of metals in historical musical instruments, particularly the harpsichord, and co-authored a book on the subject in 1987.
Goodway currently holds the title Archaeometallurgist Emeritus at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute.
- ^ Roslindale High School Yearbook, 1952.
- ^ CEE in Focus: Alumni News (Spring 2011), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- ^ Lynne Robinson, "Martha Goodway: How History is Made" Journal of Metallurgy 67(9)(2015): 1918–1920. doi:10.1007/s11837-015-1572-8
- ^ Ivan Amato, "Researchers Swap Material Evidence in Boston" Science 258(5090)(18 December 1992): 1886.
- ^ Martha Goodway, "Etruscan Mirrors: A Reinterpretation" in Stuart J. Fleming and Helen R. Schenck, eds., History of Technology: The Role of Metals (UPenn Museum of Archaeology 1989): 25. ISBN 978-0-924171-95-6
- ^ Paul Lee, Vignettes: Musings and Reminiscences of a Modern Renaissance Man (iUniverse 2012): 424-425. ISBN 978-1-4759-5655-9
- ^ Frank W. Gayle and Martha Goodway, "Precipitation Hardening in the First Aerospace Aluminum Alloy: The Wright Flyer Crankcase" Science 266(5187)(11 November 1994): 1015–1017. DOI: 10.1126/science.266.5187.1015
- ^ Jonathan Waldman, Rust: The Longest War (Simon & Schuster 2015): 27. ISBN 978-1-4516-9161-0
- ^ Thomas Donahue, The Harpsichord Stringing Handbook (Rowman & Littlefield 2015): 1. ISBN 978-1-4422-4345-3
- ^ Martha Goodway, "Iron" in Igor Kipnis, ed., The Harpsichord and Clavichord: An Encyclopedia (Routledge 2013): 267. ISBN 978-1-135-94978-5
- ^ Martha Goodway and Jay Scott Odell, The Metallurgy of 17th- and 18th-Century Music Wire (Pendragon Press 1987). ISBN 978-0-918728-54-8
- ^ Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, "Martha Goodway".
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