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1926 to 1941

Janaki Ammal Edvaleth Kakkat

Home » Projects » Page 5 Janaki Ammal Edvaleth Kakkat (1926) was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in Botany. After completing her degree, she returned to India to take a faculty position at Maharaja’s College of Science in 1931, and in 1951 she was asked by...

Maria Pastrana Castrence

Home » Projects » Page 5 Maria Pastrana Castrence (1927) endured major personal losses during WWII: the deaths of four family members and the destruction of her house, in which five of her completed research manuscripts went to ashes, including the Bibliography of...

Zing-whai Ku

Home » Projects » Page 5 Zing-whai Ku (1928) began her university studies in 1920, when she enrolled in Shanghai DaTong University. Three years later, she participated in a government-funded program as an exchange scholar at Cornell. After earning an A.B. at Cornell...

Violet Lang Wu

Home » Projects » Page 5 Violet Lang Wu (1928) earned her Ph.D. in Physics. Her dissertation was titled “The Infrared Absorption Spectrum of Propane” (1939). After completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Wu returned to China and taught Physics and Mathematics at Hwa Nen...

Sharkeshwari Agha

Home » Projects » Page 5 Sharkeshwari Agha (1928) was described, in a Barbour Scholars newsletter, as “a young woman from a high-class Kashmiri Brahmin family.” Sharkeshwari earned a B.A., M.A., and LL.B. from the University of Allahabad and served as principal of the...