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From its founding in 1899 (as the Society of American Bacteriologists) until 1975, the American Society for Microbiology elected only two women to serve as its President: Alice C. Evans in 1928 and Rebecca Lancefield in 1943. While this may have reflected a certain bias among the (primarily male) members of the Society, it is also likely to have resulted from a larger lack of educational and employment opportunities in the broader society: the pool of potential female SAB Presidents was simply too small to offer up many successful candidates.
Whatever may have been the case, the purpose of this brief overview of the career of Alice Evans is to demonstrate that this first woman President was fully engaged with the science, and the network of scientists, of her day, and was a worthy successor (and predecessor) to the other microbiologists who have held that office. It is presented in the hopes of simulating further historical interest in her life and career.
This slide show is based on an exhibit prepared for the asm2013 Meeting, which was comprised solely of materials in the collections of the Center for the History of Microbiology /ASM Archives.
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