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Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards (1842 - 1911)

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Ellen Henrietta "Nellie" Richards formerly Swallow
Born in Dunstable, Massachusettsmap
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Wife of — married (to ) in Boston, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Boston, Massachusettsmap
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Profile last modified | Created 1 Apr 2018 | Last significant change: 30 Dec 2018
05:27: S Stevenson edited the Biography for Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards (1842-1911). [Thank S for this]
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Categories: National Women's Hall of Fame (United States) | American Notables.

Ellen (Swallow) Richards is Notable.


Ellen was an industrial and safety engineer, environmental chemist, and university faculty member. Her pioneering work in sanitary engineering, and experimental research in domestic science, laid a foundation for the new science of home economics. She was the founder of the home economics movement characterized by the application of science to the home, and the first to apply chemistry to the study of nutrition.

Richards graduated from Westford Academy in 1862. She was the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT waived her tuition because they didn't want to have a female student on the school roster. She graduated in 1873 and later became MIT's first female instructor. Mrs. Richards was the first woman in America accepted to any school of science and technology, and the first American woman to obtain a degree in chemistry, which she earned from Vassar College in 1870.[1]



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