Archaeology

Board struggles with Nobel Prize winner’s home designation

Board struggles with Nobel Prize winner’s home designation

The historical designation process of 2345 Via Siena, former home of Physics Nobel Prize winner Maria Goeppert Mayer, challenged the members of the Historical Resources Board (HRB). After a two-hour discussion Aug. 25, the matter was sent back to the applicant, attorney Scott Moomjian, to provide additional information at a later meeting. Moomjian is representing the current owner, Sonoca Corporation, which is in the process of remodeling the home.

Goeppert Mayer was hired in 1960 (along with her husband Joseph Mayer) to teach and research at UC San Diego. She received the Nobel Prize in 1963 for her work on the nuclear shell structure, while...

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