The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards

The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards

Pioneer in Science and Technology

eBook - 2014
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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.

• Schools, colleges, and libraries are searching for more books about remarkable, successful women. Richards paved the way for women to enter numerous fields of science previously believed to be the domain of men.
• Currently there is much emphasis on nutrition; Richards pioneered in this field, teaching the American public about fats, carbohydrates, proteins and calories at a time when scarcely anyone knew of their importance.
• Ellen Swallow Richards pioneered multiple fields of science and technology, opening doors for women to become chemists, biologists, geologists, ecologists, nutritionists, dietitians, science teachers, professors, and home economists.
• Richards began the ecology movement, particularly relevant in today's world as more and more attention is being paid to the health of our planet.

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Ellen Swallow Richards, the first female scientist and the only female MIT instructor in her lifetime, broke through the glass ceiling in science and paved the way for other women to successfully enter the field of science as professionals. The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science and Technology presents and describes Ricards’ many achievements, among them, the development of the first map of all of the polluted waters in the United States, called the Normal Chlorine Map; research that led to America’s first state water-quality standards and first modern sewage treatment plant; the scientific terms “euthenics” and “ecology”; and an investigation utilizing food testing, which revealed disturbing findings leading to the first food and drug safety acts. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, [2014]
ISBN: 9781118923832
Branch Call Number: 92 R3907s 2014
Characteristics: xiii, 176 pages ; 25 cm


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