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Dr. Joyce J. Kaufman

Dr. Joyce J. Kaufman

Dr. Joyce J. Kaufman, a Johns Hopkins University research scientist who conducted ground-breaking work in the field of physical chemistry, died Aug. 26 from congestive heart failure at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.

She was 87.

The daughter of Robert Jacobson, a shoe salesman, and Sarah Seldin Jacobson, a cosmetologist, Joyce Jacobson was born in New York City. After her parents divorced, she and her mother moved to her grandmother's home in Baltimore's Ashburton neighborhood.

Family members say Dr. Kaufman discovered her life's work when she was 8 years old after reading a biography of Polish-born scientist Marie Curie, who won Nobel Prizes in physics...