Elizabeth “Betty” Noble Shor was born into a life of science. Her father, James A. Noble, was a professor of mining geology at Caltech from the fall of 1947 until his retirement in the mid-1960s. Betty Noble attended Pasadena City College for one year and then studied zoology at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She married George Shor in 1950. George began graduate studies at the Caltech Seismology Lab in 1951, completing his thesis under the supervision of Charles Richter in 1953. At the time, career paths in science were not generally open to women, especially those with young children.1...

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