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Ruth Patrick, ecology pioneer, dies at 105

from The Washington Post

Ruth Patrick, whose studies of freshwater ecology in the 1930s helped galvanize the later environmental movement and whose success in a profession dominated by men charted a course for other female scientists, died Sept. 23 at a retirement community in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Dr. Patrick, who in 1996 received the nation's highest award for scientific achievement, began focusing on ecology at a time when the dangers of pollution barely pierced the national consciousness. more

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