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Vessa Notchev Fellowship

Vessa Notchev Fellowship


Vessa Notchev was born in 1926 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She obtained a degree in Chemistry at the University of Caen in France, then a second equivalency in Chemical Engineering. She then moved to Canada and worked at McGill University in the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Department of Investigative Medicine. She met her husband, John (Ivan) Notchev, who later was a senior design engineer for General Dynamics and contributed to work on the Apollo Space Program. Together, they immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. Vessa was a research scientist in San Diego for many years at the Rees Stealy Research Foundation and Clinic (now Sharp Hospital) with Dr. Stimmel in endocrinology. Upon Dr. Stimmel’s sudden death, Vessa and her husband founded an aerospace engineering and technical company, Lancea. Vessa served as president of the company.


Vessa was a member of Tau Chapter (San Diego) until her death in 1992. Vessa was particularly interested in guiding and encouraging foreign students in their journey through science, and through her bequest will continue to provide assistance to future generations of women in the sciences. The first VessaNotchev Fellowship was awarded in 1996.


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