Learn about the life and contributions of Marie Maynard Daly with a comprehensive pack of inspirational women worksheets.
Who Was Marie Maynard Daly?
Marie Maynard Daly (1921-2003) was an American biochemist and the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She was born in Queens, New York, and went on to attend Queens College, where she majored in chemistry. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she studied at New York University and earned her master’s degree in Chemistry. Daly later earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1947.
Daly’s research focused on the role of enzymes in the body. Her work contributed significantly to understanding how the body breaks down food and converts it into energy. She also conducted groundbreaking research on the effects of smoking and its impact on the human body. Her research helped pave the way for modern medicine, particularly in cardiology and hypertension.
In addition to her scientific contributions, Daly was also a trailblazer for women and people of color in science. She was passionate about science education and worked tirelessly to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue careers in the sciences. She also established a scholarship fund for African American students pursuing degrees in science.
Daly’s legacy continues to inspire and influence scientists today. In recognition of her contributions to science, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991.
This worksheet pack about Marie Maynard Daly includes a comprehension passage, fill-in-the-blank exercises, writing prompts, word searches, and much more.
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