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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 163-164

Women in Chemistry: German Origins

Rick C. White

Department of Chemistry, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341,

Published: 18 October 2017

Abstract. From the time of 19th century chemistry even up to the beginnings of the 20th century, women had difficulties in gaining admission to universities, establishing academic careers, and establishing scientific careers. Margarete von Wrangell was the first female professor in chemistry in Hohenheim, achieving that position in 1923. The first female faculty member in chemistry in the U.S. was Rachel Lloyd at the University of Nebraska who received her degree from a Robert Bunsen chemical descendant, Viktor Merz, at Zurich. Through Rachel Lloyd’s research, she influenced many female students to obtain degrees in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska. Other students of Bunsen’s chemical heritage influenced female chemistry students who worked in nutrition at the University California-Berkeley.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; women chemists

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