The Martian’s Daughter

‘Martian’s Daughter’ Marina Whitman featured on BookTV

by Phillip Witteveen May 30, 2013

Marina Von Neumann Whitman was interviewed on C-SPAN’s Book TV about her memoir, The Martian’s Daughter. Whitman is the daughter of John von Neumann, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and part of a group of geniuses dubbed “the Martians” who made major contributions to mathematics and physics. Whitman is an accomplished figure in her own right, a former professor at our own University of Michigan and the first or highest-ranking woman of her era in a number of fields including business, government, and academia. On BookTV, Whitman related her life experiences as someone who grew up among […]

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Press author Marina Whitman contributes to ‘Crain’s Detroit Business’ post-election panel

by Brianne Johnson November 26, 2012

Participating as a panelist for a Crain’s Detroit Business post-election round table discussion, Press author Marina von Neumann Whitman – a highly respected economist, the first woman to serve on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and a former officer of the General Motors Corporation – along with a selection of esteemed executives, confronted the election season’s most controversial topics, from the Affordable Care Act to the national deficit.

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Marketplace Morning Report Interviews ‘Martian’s Daughter’ Marina von Neumann Whitman

by Emily September 26, 2012

In an interview with Marketplace Morning Report’s Jeremy Hobson, Marina von Neumann Whitman, author of The Martian’s Daughter: A Memoir, discusses her struggle to emerge from the shadow of her larger-than-life parent, John von Neumann (one of the five Hungarian scientific geniuses dubbed “the Martians” by their colleagues) and describes the challenges of “a woman trying to climb the ranks of intellectual and corporate power.”  The interview delves into issues of discrimination in the workplace and its ongoing yet covert prevalency today. John von Neumann is often hailed as the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century and even as the greatest scientist […]

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Guest blog: The Having-it-all Debate

by Emily July 6, 2012

Marina v. N. Whitman is Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her memoir, The Martian’s Daughter, which focuses on her relationship with her father, the mathematician John von Neumann, and its influence on her many-faceted career, will be published in September by the University of Michigan Press. Here, Whitman, who became the first woman on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1972, weighs in on Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent Atlantic cover story, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Anne-Marie Slaughter takes issue with the belief that women can have it all, just not […]

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