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America's First Woman Chemist: Ellen Richards.


(Richards) Douty, Esther M. America's First Woman Chemist: Ellen Richards. New York: Julian
Messner, (1961).
8vo.; cloth; dust-jacket, price-clipped.
First edition of this biography for children about Ellen Swallow Richards, a Vassar College student who
became the first woman to attend MIT. The foremost female industrial and environmental chemist in the
United States during the 19th century, her pioneering work in sanitary engineering and experimental
research in domestic science widened professional opportunities for women in the sciences and laid a
foundation for the new science of home economics. She combined homemaking with her career, and thus
early on understood the problems and needs of working wives. Because of that understanding she
founded and became the first president of the American Home Economics Association.
Scarce: one of several titles issued by the publisher in an informal series about "Women of
Achievement." Written by a North Carolina Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke who was the President of
the Children's Book Guild of Washington. Virtually all copies went to libraries, very uncommon in this

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