Bascom, F. (Florence), 1862-1945

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Dates:
Birth 1862-07-14
Death 1945-06-18

Biographical notes:

Florence Bascom, Heidelberg, 1907

Florence Bascom was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1862. She received both her B.S. (1882) and A.M. (1887) from the University of Wisconsin, where her father, John Bascom, was president. In 1893 she became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in geology. She taught at Rockford College and Ohio State University before teaching her first geology course at Bryn Mawr in 1895 as a reader in geology, and was a Professor of Geology from 1906 to 1928. Bascom introduced the undergraduate major in geology at Bryn Mawr, and eventually made it a graduate program of national reputation. Bascom was the first woman elected to the U.S. Geological Survey, for the mid-Atlantic Piedmont area. She was associate editor of American Geologist from 1896 to 1905 and was also the first woman elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1894, and in 1930, she was named vice-president. Florence Bascom died in 1945.

For a more detailed biography, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950; a biographical dictionary . Edited by Edward T. James and Janet Wilson James (Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press, 1971).

From the guide to the Florence Bascom Papers MS 12., 1870-1971, 1875-1940, (Sophia Smith Collection)

Geologist, professor.

Florence Bascom was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1862. She received both her B.S. (1882) and A.M. (1887) from the University of Wisconsin, where her father, John Bascom, was president. In 1893 she became the first woman to receive a Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins University and the first woman to receive a Ph. D. in geology. She taught at Rockford College and Ohio State University before teaching her first geology course at Bryn Mawr in 1895 as a reader in geology, and was a Professor of Geology from 1906 to 1928. Bascom introduced the undergraduate major in geology at Bryn Mawr, and eventually made it a graduate program of national reputation. Bascom was the first woman elected to the U.S. Geological Survey, for the mid-Atlantic Piedmont area. She was associate editor of American Geologist from 1896 to 1905 and was also the first woman elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1894, and in 1930, she was named vice-president. Florence Bascom died in 1945.

From the description of Florence Bascom Papers, 1868-1982. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 36815697

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Subjects:

  • Geologists--Biography--Sources
  • Women scientists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Suffrage--History--Sources
  • Women--Suffrage--United States--History--Sources
  • The stone lady : a memoir of Florence Bascom / by Isabel Fothergill Smith--Sources
  • Geology--Pennsylvania
  • Women geologists--Biography--Sources
  • Geology
  • Geological surveys
  • Petrology
  • Women geologists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Geology--Study and teaching (Higher)--History--Sources
  • Women scientists--Biography--Sources
  • Geologists--United States--Biography--Sources

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