Wertheim, born in 1901, later became a mathematician. She studied at the
University of Freiburg in the early 1920s, including lectures by Heidegger.
She and Herbert Marcuse married in 1924 in Berlin, where their son Peter
was born in 1928. They lived in Freiburg, Berlin, Geneva, and Paris before
they emigrated to New York in 1934.
pictures show Herbert and Sophie in their New York apartment, and the
Neumanns, Loewenthals and Marcuses, probably in Santa Monica.
In the 1930s and 1940s they
lived in Los Angeles/Santa Monica, and Washington, D.C. In the early 1940s
Sophie worked as a statistician for the Bureau of Human Nutrition and
Home Economics, and perhaps also for U.S. Naval Intelligence. Sophie died
of cancer in 1951.
Here are some records I found
about Sophie's professional life and her publications:
- 1943 listing in: Directory of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics,
The Annals of Mathematical Statistics 14:4(Dec. 1943), p. 457:
"M.A. (Columbia), Asst. Home Economist, [Bureau of Human Nutrition
and Home Economics], Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 6600 Luzon
- Presentation "An
Application of the Control Chart Method to the Testing and Marketing
of Foods," listed in: Proceedings: 104th Annual Meeting,
at The George Washington University and Willare Hotel Washington, D.C.,
in: Journal of the American Statistical Association 40:229
(March 1945), pp. 102-122; published in: Journal of the American
Statistical Association 40:230(June 1945), 214-222 (208k
- In 1943 (see above), 1944, 1945 and 1946 Sophie attended the Washington,
Princeton, New York, New Haven etc. meetings of the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics. See: The Annals of Mathematical Statistics 14:3(Sept.
1943), pp. 302-303, etc. 1948,
- In February 1945 Sophie
presented a paper on "Quality Control as Applied to the Testing
and Marketing of Foods," at a Biometrics conference: Biometrics
Bulletin 1:1(Feb. 1945), p. 9
- In 1948 Sophie attended a mathematics conference in New York. See:
S. B. Littauer, "Report on the New York Meeting of the Institute,"
in: The Annals of Mathematical Statistics vol. 19:2 (Jun. 1948),
- "Optimum Allocation and Variance Components in Nested
Sampling with an Application to Chemical Analysis,"
in: Biometrics 5:3(Sept. 1949), pp. 189-206 (360k
- cited in: Palmer O. Johnson; William J. Moonan, "Recent Developments
in Statistical Theory," in: Review of Educational Research
21:5, Methods of Research and Appraisal in Education (Dec. 1951),
pp. 389-414 (cited on 403, 410
[the images above are cropped from these pages]).
Herbert dedicated his
1955 book Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud,
to Sophie's memory.