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Marie Maynard Daly

April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003

Marie Maynard Daly is the first African American woman to receive a doctoral degree — earning it from Columbia University in 1947. Prior to that, she attended Queens College in Flushing, New York, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. After receiving her Ph.D., she held an instructor position at Howard University for two years and began research on the composition and metabolism of components in the cell nucleus. Later in her career, Daly developed programs to increase the number of minorities in medical schools and graduate science programs. In 1988, she established a scholarship fund at Queens College for African Americans in commemoration of her father.

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