Most well-known chemists are remembered for their research. Some, however, are remembered more as educators than as researchers. This is particularly the case for those chemists who helped change what had once been a profession for white males into one that welcomes diversity in sex, race, and ethnicity.
Although it was intended for girls, Jane Marcet’s Conversations on Chemistry (1806) also introduced chemistry to boys, like Michael Faraday, whose formal education was very limited.
In the early 20th century Emma Perry Carr offered college students a then-rare opportunity to conduct original research and make their own discoveries.
In 1978 educator and researcher Anna Harrison became the first woman to be elected president of the American Chemical Society.
While Louis and Mary Fieser did a lot of important chemical research, their real fame came from the books they wrote together, especially their textbooks.
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