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Josephine Hinch was a research assistant at the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (“Met Lab”) during the Manhattan Project.

According to her son, she and her husband William Hinch later worked at the Manhattan Project site in Los Alamos, NM. While working on the Project, she also designed prototypes for the first Geiger Counters. 


Early Years

Josephine Benedeck was born on July 13, 1919, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Dever in 1941. At Denver, she was scholar athlete; she was the starting point guard for the varsity girls basketball team and earned a dual degree mathematics and physics.

After graduating from Denver, she was recruited along with her soon-to-be husband William Hinch to join the Manhattan Project. Before leaving for Chicago, the two married in Glenwood. 


Later Years

Later, Hinch taught physics at the graduate school level.

On January 3, 2013, Josephine Hinch died at the age of ninety-three in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.


For more information about Josephine Benedeck Hinch, please see the following reference:

Josephine (Benedeck) Hinch's Timeline
1919 Jul 13th Born in Glenwood Springs, CO.
1941 Graduated from the University of Denver.
1942 Joined the Met Lab.
2013 Jan 3rd At the age of ninety-three, died in Wheat Ridge, CO.

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