First African-American women to earn a doctorate in Chemistry

Her Story: Marie M. Daly

Dr. Marie M. Daly was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree in cemeestry in the United States.

Dr. Marie M. Daly was the first African American woman in the United States to earn a Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1947. Born on April 16, 1921, in New York’s city of Queens, she overcame the hurdles of both gender and racial bias to blaze a trail for other women in science to follow.

Dr. Daly conducted groundbreaking research focused on the connection between cholesterol and heart disease. Additionally, she conducted a 7-year research study on how proteins are constructed in the human body and taught Biochemistry at Einstein University.

She was a strong advocate for minorities in education and was committed to increasing minority enrollment in science and graduate programs. In 1988, Dr. Daly started a scholarship in her father’s honor for minority students that want to study science at Queens College. Her commitment to the field of science and improving the opportunities for others to achieve their goals is inspiring.

We have so many amazing female examples of excellence in history and all around us in our communities. Let’s continue to raise them up and amplify their stories. Her Story matters.

Marie M. Daly was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the United States.

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Marie M. Daly – Biorgaphy

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