Mary Elizabeth Rice: Establishing The Smithsonian Marine Station
Mary Elizabeth Rice was the first director of the Smithsonian Marine Station in the 1970s, where she created a program
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Patricia McDonald: A Pioneer in Museum Education
When Patricia McDonald began work as the Education Officer at the Australian Museum in 1953 she was only 24, with
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Elizabeth Pope: Marine Biologist
Elizabeth Pope conducted her scientific career at a time when science was a patriarchy and women were more likely to
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Elsie Bramell and Fred McCarthy in the Australian Museum Anthropology Department 1933. Photographer Anthony Musgrave. Australian Museum Archives AMS514_VA180_8. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum
Elsie Bramell: A Pioneer in Museum Anthropology and Australian Archaeology
When Elsie Bramell (1909-1985) began working at the Australian Museum in 1933 she was the first woman and the first
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Bromelia anticantha Bertol. Cultivated in São Paulo. Procured from Minas Gerais. Margaret Mee, 1964. Permission for reproduction received from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Rare Book Collection, Washington, D.C., Online Exhibits, Highlights from the Collections, Margaret Mee, The Paintings.
Margaret Mee: Explorer/Conservationist, Botanist/Scientific Illustrator
Margaret Mee, née Brown (1909-1988), was a British contemporary artist considered to be one of the most remarkable women of
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Bertha Parker Pallan [Cody] (1907-1978) is considered one of the first female Native American archaeologists.
Bertha “Bertie” Parker Cody: First Female Native American Archaeologist
Bertha “Bertie” Parker Cody is widely considered to be the first female Native American archaeologist. Cody, who also went by
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Wang Hao-t’ing: Illustrator for the Central Asiatic Natural History Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History
Wang Hao-t’ing (using the Chinese naming order with family name first) was a Chinese artist who was commissioned to accompany
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Courtney Letts de Espil: Borden-Field Museum Alaska Arctic Expedition of 1927
“One must wear white in stalking Arctic game,” quips author Courtney Letts de Espil (Mrs. John Borden) in her 1928
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Janaki Ammal Edavaleth Kakkat: Cytogeneticist, Sugarcane Revolutionizing Botanist
K. Janaki Ammal was born in Kerala, India on November 4th, 1897. One of the first women in the U.S.
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Joyce Allan at work, Australian Museum circa 1930. Australian Museum Archives AMS502. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum.
Joyce Allan – Australian Conchologist and Artist
Illustrator, conchologist (i.e., one who studies mollusk shells) and museum curator Joyce K. Allan (1896-1966) was the first woman to
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Margery Carlson (1892-1985) Botany Research Associate shown [outdoors] with some of the packs of [plant] specimens she collected on expedition. © The Field Museum, B80585.
Dr. Margery C. Carlson: Botanist, Professor, and Conservationist
  “Every collector hopes that he will be able to bring home some species unknown to science, never before described
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Yvette Borup Andrews with squirrel, China, September 20, 1916,” Research Library | Digital Special Collections, accessed July 10, 2018,
Yvette Borup Andrews: First Asiatic Zoological Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History
In 1891, Yvette Borup was born to Mary Brandreth and Col. Henry Borup in Paris, France¹. Though both parents were
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Libbie Henrietta Hyman: Invertebrate Zoologist
Libbie Hyman was one of the most influential vertebrate and invertebrate zoologists of all time.  She single-handedly wrote and illustrated an
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Helen Gunsaulus (1886-1954) in chair. © The Field Museum, CSA50228_detail.
Helen Cowen Gunsaulus: Curator and Ethnologist    
Helen Cowen Gunsaulus earned her Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) at the University of Chicago in 1908. She went on to
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Olive Muriel Pink: Artist, Conservationist, Aboriginal Rights Activist
Olive Muriel Pink would spent a decade conducting research on the eastern Arrernte of Alice Springs and the Warlpiri of
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Elsie Naumburg: Expert Ornithologist
At a time when Europe dominated ornithology and America was only just beginning to study birds and build museums, Naumberg
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Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. Photographer George C. Clutton. Australian Museum Archives AMS351_V09193. Reproduction Rights Australian Museum
Ethel King: Fish Artist Extraordinaire
Preparation of a Queensland groper by Ethel King 1926. In the 1920’s a group of women artists, working mostly on
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Mina Hubbard: The Woman Who Mapped Labrador
Mina Benson Hubbard: Labrador Mapping Expedition
In an epic story of love, trials, and vindication at the dawn of the 20th century, the farm-raised daughter of
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Matthew Henson: Explorer, Scientist
Featured Image: Matthew Henson in Greenland in 1901.  “My thoughts were on the going and getting forward, and on nothing
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705
Amanda Almira Newton: Botanical Illustrator for the US Department of Agriculture
Amanda Almira Newton was a prolific illustrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who specialized in drawing watercolors of
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Alice Eastwood: Pioneering Botanist, Explorer & Naturalist, Lifelong Lover of Flowers & Plants, California Academy of Sciences Curator of Botany
Alice Eastwood collecting plant specimens in the field, while holding her wooden plant press Childhood/Alice in Wonderland Alice Eastwood was
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Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton: Bryologist, Educator, New York Botanical Gardens Founder
Born Elizabeth Gertrude Knight in New York City on January 9, 1857, she was the first of five daughters of
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Harriet and Helena Scott: Natural History Artists
The Scott sisters were the finest natural history painters in colonial New South Wales (NSW), Australia. In the 1850’s they
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Jane Tost and Ada Rohu: A Remarkable Mother-Daughter Taxidermy Team
In 1863 taxidermist Jane Tost (c.1817-1889) was the first woman to be professionally employed by the Australian Museum, and later
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John Tyley: Caribbean Botanical Illustrator in a Colonial World
John Tyley, watercolor on paper of , ca. 1802 John Tyley worked as a botanical illustrator at the historic St.
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Maria Sibylla Merian: Botanical Illustrator, Entomologist, and Explorer Ahead of Her Time
Illustration of a Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and a False Coral Snake (Anilius scytale) (1701–1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian, watercolor
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