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Celebrating American Scientists

UC San Diego Nobel Laureate and founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer appears on a new stamp issued Thursday, June 16.

photo of stamps on sheet of Forever Stamps issued by USPS Celebrating American Scientists

U.S. Postal Service Dedicates New Forever Stamps Honoring Four Distinguished Scientists


Four American scientists were honored on Forever stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service during a special ceremony at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The distinguished scientists are: chemist Melvin Calvin; botanist Asa Gray; physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer; and biochemist Severo Ochoa.

UC San Diego Nobel Laureate and founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer appears on this new stamp issued Thursday, June 16. The stamp art combines images from UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library, and includes photographs of Mayer and her signature. The stamp is one in a series that honors Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to science.

Mayer was one of only two women to ever win the Nobel Prize in physics—the other was Marie Curie. Although Mayer forged a distinguished career before coming to UC San Diego, she did so in unpaid positions. UC San Diego was the first institution to offer her a regular faculty position, in the physics department, when she was 54. Mayer, who was a member of the UCSD faculty in the Department of Physics from 1960 to1970, died in 1972. With these stamps, the third in the American Scientists series, the Postal Service honors four Americans who, while dedicating their lives to understanding the fundamental process of nature, made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science.

These stamps are available on sheets of 20 (5 for each scientist).

Purchase from Mail Services:

  • Via recharge, by calling (838) 534-2707 or (858) 534-1164
  • Via cash, check, or credit at the UCSD Postal Cente, located on the first floor of Price Center East.