Mount Holyoke Science Facts and Figures
A partial list of accomplishments by Mount Holyoke alumnae and teacher scientists:
- First person to collect weather data in the U.S.
- First woman specialist in aerospace medicine
- Co-discoverer of the antibiotic nystatin, first of the "wonder drugs"
- Inventor of Apgar Score, used worldwide (and probably on you!) to measure health of newborn babies in the delivery room
- First physician to identify cystic fibrosis
- First woman president of the:
- American Chemical Society
- Royal Canadian Institute
- American Paleontological Society
- American Association of Physical Anthropology
- First woman given a research post at Woods Hole Biological Laboratory
- Pioneer in the study of the role of the thymus gland in the immune system
- Pioneer in development of nuclear medicine
- One of the first women to earn a Ph.D. in science from Yale University
- Primary anesthesiologist at New England's first heart transplant
- Pioneer researcher in forensic medicine
- Developer of the concept of "territoriality" to explain birds' nesting behavior
- Researcher at McMurdo Station in Antarctica
- Developer of theory that an ancient map of the world, including the New World, is contained on coins of ancient Carthage and Phoenicia
- High school teacher who encouraged astronaut Sally Ride to pursue a career in science.
Today, more than a quarter of Mount Holyoke students major in the natural and applied sciences.
Mount Holyoke has educated more women who went on to earn a Ph.D. degree in chemistry than any other college or university in the U.S.