Dr Florence Bascom

Dr Florence Bascom

Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Jun 1945 (aged 82)
Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 24573802 · View Source
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Dr. Florence Bascom was the first woman geologist to join the United States Geological Survey. In addition, she was also the first female to obtain a Ph.D. in geology from a U.S. university and the first woman receiving a Ph.D. in any subject area from Johns Hopkins University.

While attending Johns Hopkins University, she was forced to sit behind a screen in the corner of the classroom and was in fact admitted to the doctorate program in secrecy.

After obtaining her Ph.D. she taught at Ohio State University and then at Bryn Mawr College where she was granted the status of full professor.

Her area of specialty was petrology and she wrote over 40 publications on this and other topics in geography with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

After retiring from Bryn Mawr College, she returned to her hometown of Williamstown where she died in 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

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  • Created by: Seagull
  • Added: 12 Feb 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 24573802
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Florence Bascom (14 Jul 1862–18 Jun 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24573802, citing Williams College Cemetery, Williamstown, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Seagull (contributor 46776071) .