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Ellen Swallow Richards


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Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (December 3, 1842 – March 30, 1911) was the foremost female industrial and environmental chemist in the United States in the 19th century, pioneering the field of home economics. Richards graduated from Westford Academy (2nd oldest secondary school in Massachusetts). She was the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its first female ... more »

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  • ...if we would be and do all that as a rational being we should desire, we must resolve to govern ourselves; we must seek diversity of interests; dread to be without an object and without mental occup...
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912)...
  • ''New England is the home of all that is good and noble with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912)...
  • ''I had been in the hurrying waters too long not to appreciate an opportunity to lie on the bank and rest, watch others, and gain strength for the coming years.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912)...
  • ''I prefer surveying for a week to spending a week in fashionable society even of the best class.''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 3, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912)...
  • ''A sense of power is the most intoxicating stimulant a mortal can enjoy ...''
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 11, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912...
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