The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science and Technology
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.
Chapter 1 Ellencyclopedia 1
Chapter 2 Westford Ho 9
Chapter 3 Faith in Her Star 15
Chapter 4 Setting Sights 21
Chapter 5 Women Studying Together 25
Chapter 6 No Wasted Minutes 29
Chapter 7 She Will Not Fail 35
Chapter 8 Uncharted Ground 39
Chapter 9 Water Water Everywhere! 45
Chapter 10 Cupid Pops into the Laboratory 51
Chapter 11 Applied Scientists at Work 57
Chapter 12 The Woman's [sic] Laboratory 65
Chapter 13 Long-Distance Learning 73
Chapter 14 MIT's First Woman Instructor 79
Chapter 15 Pioneer for Public Health 85
Chapter 16 Under Water Again 89
Chapter 17 Environmental Activist 93
Chapter 18 Ever on the Go 97
Chapter 19 Health Food Kitchens 101
Chapter 20 Healthier School Lunches—Sharper Minds 111
Chapter 21 Launching a New Movement 115
Chapter 22 At Work to the End 121
Author's Note 137
Ellen Swallow Richards Time Line 139
Source Notes 143
Selected Bibliography 169