Daughter of Ephraim A. and Julia M. (Adams) Stevens.
Nettie is distinguished among those at Fairview Cemetery by virtue of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of biology.
After studying at Westfield Normal School (now Westfield State College) and completing the course of study in half the usual time, Ms. Stevens took a job teaching at Westford Academy from 1885 - 1892. She then attended Stanford University, graduating with a M.A. in 1900, and Bryn Mawr, teaching and earning a Ph.D. in 1903.
The daughter of a local carpenter and graduate of Westford Academy, she died prematurely at Johns Hopkins University Hospital due to a fall in 1912.
Instrumental, with Edmund Beecher Wilson & T. H. Morgan in discovery of chromosomal differences in the sexes.
In 1994 she was inducted into the National Woman's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
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