Morris, Margaretta Hare, 1797-1867

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Margaretta Hare Morris was a pioneering figure, thought to be the earliest practicing woman entomologist. Born in Philadelphia, she received no formal secondary education, but studied insects, notably the life cycle of the Hessian fly and the seventeen-year locust, publishing important studies of her findings. She became a respected entomologist, writing numerous papers which were delivered by male colleagues at conferences. In the 1850s, she became the second woman (and first who was a practicing naturalist) to join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

From the description of Margaretta Hare Morris letter to Dr. B. Coates, 1841 July 14. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 163940152

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creatorOf Morris, Margaretta Hare, 1797-1867. Margaretta Hare Morris letter to Dr. B. Coates, 1841 July 14. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Asa Gray Papers, 1840-1859 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert Hare papers, 1764-1858, 1764-1858 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. Asa Gray papers, 1840-1859. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Coates, Benjamin Hornor, 1797-1881, person
correspondedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. person
associatedWith Hare, Robert, 1781-1858 person
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Crane flies
Women entomologists--Correspondence


Birth 1797

Death 1867



Ark ID: w6794p54

SNAC ID: 56962494