- By Pamela Curtis Swallow

Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science

  • Title: Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science
  • Author: Pamela Curtis Swallow
  • ISBN: 9781118923832
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ellen Swallow Richards Pioneer in Science This biography highlights the achievements of America s first professional degreed female scientist Ellen Swallow Richards The book takes the reader from Richards s childhood on a Massachus

    This biography highlights the achievements of America s first professional degreed female scientist, Ellen Swallow Richards 1842 1911 The book takes the reader from Richards s childhood on a Massachusetts farm where she was schooled at home, to her internationally renowned successes in multiple branches of science Ellen Swallow Richards 1842 1911 was a member of VassThis biography highlights the achievements of America s first professional degreed female scientist, Ellen Swallow Richards 1842 1911 The book takes the reader from Richards s childhood on a Massachusetts farm where she was schooled at home, to her internationally renowned successes in multiple branches of science Ellen Swallow Richards 1842 1911 was a member of Vassar College s first graduating class 1870 , completing her degree in two years She was the first woman to enter M.I.T and was initially considered an experiment Her capabilities quickly became clear, as she pioneered in multiple areas of science Her research in the field of water studies led to the country s first pure water quality standards and first modern sewage treatment plant She is also responsible for developing the Normal Chlorine Map, the first map of water pollution in the UnitedStates Ellen was the first woman elected into the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical and later established the first women s science laboratory and taught MIT s first biology classes While teaching marine biology on Cape Cod, she co founded what was later to become the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory Ellen s food testing resulted in the discovery of countless adulterations and contaminations and led to the first food and drug acts She opened the first health food restaurants Following that, she began the first public school lunch program through which all the high school students in Boston were fed MIT would not allow Ellen to earn a doctoral degree the common belief is that the school did not want its first doctorate to be awarded to a woman, who would then outrank the majority of the male faculty Though disappointed, Ellen continued to teach at MIT, and she remained there until her death With one of her former students, Ellen co founded The American Association of University Women Ellen introduced the public to the terms ecology and euthenics, both fields of science stressing the necessity for learning to live in harmony with the environments in which we live and work.Ellen wrote a dozen books and co authored several others Although she was the only woman to teach at MIT during her lifetime, she opened doors for many other women MIT reports that today women make up nearly half its student body and than 200 faculty members are female.

    1 thought on “Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science

    1. Ellen Swallow Richards was the first female graduate of MIT, the first female instructor at the nation's premiere scientific institute, and as a scientist, was responsible for many more firsts. This is a well-researched and readable biography.

    2. This should be required reading in junior high. The author normally writes children's books, some pages are evident of that. Our society needs to know about Ellen Swallow Richards.

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