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  •  This diary makes me so happy (3+ / 0-)
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    greengemini, BachFan, chimene

    And if she were still around, my chemistry-teaching great-grand aunt would be thrilled, too. We had female scientists in the family a hundred years ago, but they are sadly still too rare and some---like Merian---nearly unheard of, despite their contributions to the field.

    Today's doodle put a smile on my face, and so did this diary, drawing attention to her work.

    Donald Rumsfeld is a blood gargling psychopath.

    by Vacationland on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 07:08:51 AM PDT

    •  Merian was respected by her contemporaries (4+ / 0-)

      Interestingly, she was very well thought of by some important naturalists in her day, including Hans Sloane, whose collection is the foundation of the British Museum.  Her work was also collected by Tsar Peter the Great, and a large number of her original watercolors are in St. Petersburg (others are at the British Museum and Windsor Castle's library) among other places.  Very important naturalists collected her books and consulted them.  I use the word naturalist because "scientist" did not exist at the time.

      Her work was attacked by some Victorians, and this may have begun the decline of her fame somewhat.  But the story of her influence and reputation is a long one.....

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