Bascom, F. (Florence), 1862-1945

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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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referencedIn Mira Lloyd Dock Papers, 1814-1951, (bulk 1899-1945) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. Mira Lloyd Dock papers, 1814-1951 (bulk 1899-1945). Library of Congress
creatorOf Florence Bascom Papers MS 12., 1870-1971, 1875-1940 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Bascom, F. (Florence), 1862-1945. Florence Bascom Papers, 1868-1982. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. Mira Lloyd Dock papers, 1814-1951 (bulk 1899-1945). Library of Congress
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associatedWith Curtiss family family
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correspondedWith Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. person
associatedWith Eastman, Elaine Goodale, 1863-1953 person
correspondedWith Peck, Annie S. (Annie Smith), 1850-1935 person
correspondedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 person
associatedWith Smith, Isabel Fothergill, 1890- person
correspondedWith Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935 person
correspondedWith Van Hise, Charles Richard, 1857-1918 person
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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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Birth 1862-07-14

Death 1945-06-18

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