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Science Library Displays: Marie Maynard Daly

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Marie Maynard Daly

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Marie Maynard Daly was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in the field of biochemistry. Born on April 16th, 1921 in Queens, New York, Marie was surrounded by science throughout her childhood. Her father, Ivan Daly, shared his passion for science with Marie and her siblings. One of her favorite books was Microbe Hunters by Paul DeKruip--a book about the lives of microbiologists.

In 1942 Marie graduated magna cum laude from Queens College with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. One year later, while working as a teaching assistant, she completed her master’s degree. Finally, in 1947 she graduated with her Ph.D. Over the course of her career, Marie conducted important research in areas such as the relationship between high cholesterol and heart attacks, the correlation between smoking and lung disease, and more. In 2016, several years after her death, a new elementary school in Queens was named in her memory

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