Sketches of Significant Women: Alice Ball

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Alice Ball was a scientific pioneer whose achievements were buried until relatively recently. Despite her very short life (she died aged 24), Alice discovered the first effective treatment for leprosy by extracting the active ingredient from the Chaulmoogra Tree. Her legacy also includes her status as the first female to graduate with a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and she was also the first female to teach there.


Full name: Alice Augusta Ball
Born: 24th July 1892 (Seattle, Washington)
Died: 31st December 1892 (Seattle, Washington)


“Hawaii News article”
“Women who rock science: Alice Ball”
“Modern Worthies: Alice Ball”
“Remembered and Reclaimed”
“STEM Women Hall of Fame”


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