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By Mary R. S. Creese

Published in 1998, Ladies within the Laboratory supplied a scientific survey and comparability of the paintings of 19th-century American and British ladies in medical examine. A better half quantity, released in 2004, excited by ladies scientists from Western Europe. during this 3rd quantity, writer Mary R.S. Creese expands her scope to incorporate the contributions of nineteenth- and early 20th-century girls of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

The girls whose lives and paintings are mentioned right here diversity from normal historical past creditors and clinical illustrators of the early and mid years of the nineteenth century to the 1st new release of graduates of the recent colonial schools and universities. hardly stated in courses of the British and ecu experts, the contributions of those ladies still shaped an important a part of the typical heritage information regarding broad, formerly unknown areas and their products.

Rather than a biographical dictionary or a set of self-contained essays on contributors from many time sessions, Ladies within the Laboratory III is a attached narrative tied into the broader framework of 19th-century technology and schooling. A well-organized combination of person existence tales and quantitative info, this quantity is for everybody attracted to the tale of women's participation in nineteenth century technological know-how. The tales of those ladies make for interesting examining and function a necessary resource for the coed of women's and colonial history.

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Although poisoning caused by algae is considered unusual, the living M. toxica was found to contain an extremely potent and destructive agent that attacks the liver. By 1949 copper sulphate treatment was being successfully used in the Vaaldam reservoir to control the spreading. Asked to examine the alga, Edith Stephens found that colonies consisted of a network of strands and balls of close-packed cells in a mucilaginous sheath. The plant appeared to be a distinct species, although closely allied to M.

Not until Sir David Gill’s tenure in the post of Her Majesty’s astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope (1879–1907) were women engaged in astronomical activities in the region. The establishment of amateur groups by the second decade of the twentieth century gave a number of women opportunities to follow their interests in the field, Mrs. J. Moir and Miss M. L. Troughton, both of Johannesburg, perhaps being the most prominent of the early women participants. 118 Throughout much of the nineteenth century, education in South Africa was provided mainly by church and mission schools, along with a number of private institutions.

98 British mycologist Arthur Anselm Pearson, who wrote the forewords, was known for his work on British mushrooms. He was not unfamiliar with South African mushrooms, either; on a visit to the Cape region in 1948, Pearson had collected mushrooms—many of them new to science—with Edith’s assistance. For most of her twenty-seven years as lecturer at the University of Cape Town, she had charge of the large botany class for first-year medical students, at times a rather obstreperous group. A very popular lecturer, she was remembered vividly by students when many of her colleagues were all but forgotten, in part perhaps because she had some undeniably unusual habits.

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