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Dr. Marie Maynard Daly

Biochemist

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. One of her biggest contribution to medicine was her pioneering research on the effects of hypertension in arteries leading to a better understanding of how heart attacks work.

3 Things We Love About Marie: 

  • She was an avid reader and loved science books.
  • Growing up, she was inspired by her father’s love of science.
  • Not only did she develop programs to increase enrollment of minority students in medical schools and graduate science programs, she established a scholarship fund for African American science students at Queens College (Flushing, NY) in honor of her father

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