Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker (1901-1957)

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Description: British botanist Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker (1901-1957), born in Leigh, Lancashire, is best known for her research on the edible seaweed Porphyra laciniata (nori). Her analysis of the nori lifecycle provided assistance to Japanese farmers suffering from unpredictable harvests, saving the Japanese seaweed industry. Building on her work, Japanese scientists developed artificial seeding techniques which increased production. Drew-Baker spent most of her academic life at the University of Manchester’s cryptogamic botany department, serving as a Lecturer in Botany, then Researcher from 1922 to 1957. She also spent two years working at the University of California. She was one of the founders of the British Phycological Society and served as its first president.

Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

Medium: Black and white photographic print

Persistent URL: photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5859

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.

Accession number: SIA2008-1427


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    Smithsonian Institution

    • 30/Mar/2009 14:24:59

    This photo is part of an ongoing digitization and research project at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Please help us research this photo. View a related blog post here - blog.photography.si.edu/2009/03/30/who-are-you/

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    pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity)

    • 30/Mar/2009 17:36:17

    Could be Kathleen Mary Drew (1901-1957), listed in Ogilvie and Harvey, The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science as "British botanist....Drew was a distinguished worker in the field of red algae. She spent most of her academic life in the department of cryptogamic botany at the University of Manchester....she spent two years in the United States, working at the University of California. During this time, she produced systematic studies and her first substantial monograph....She was one of the founders of the British Phycological Society and was its first president."

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    • 06/Apr/2009 17:11:30

    I agree with pennylrichardsca. I found an article about her --> link

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    Smithsonian Institution

    • 09/Apr/2009 19:52:54

    We think pennylrichardsca identified her correctly. Images of Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker on other websites look like a match. Thanks for your input and all your great comments to our “Women in Science” set!

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    permissible transport

    • 07/May/2009 20:14:09

    Please see our follow-up blog post about our successful call to research this image here: blog.photography.si.edu/2009/05/07/reflections-on-womens-...

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    permissible transport

    • 29/May/2009 19:50:03

    See a blog post that references this photo here: blog.photography.si.edu/2009/05/29/flickr-visitor-profile...

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    • 26/Sep/2009 05:19:53

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Historic Heroines, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 04/Oct/2010 19:16:05

    Thanks for sharing this photo with the commons! We've used it in an illustration for opensource.com opensource.com/business/10/8/barriers-open-science-big-bu...

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    Smithsonian Institution

    • 03/Apr/2013 14:33:49

    Learn more about Drew-Baker here - siarchives.si.edu/blog/tasty-bite-whet-appetite