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Wheeler, Ruth (05 August 1877–29 September 1948), nutritionist and educator, was born in Plains, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Jared Ward Wheeler and Martha Jane Evans. She was influenced by her Welsh grandfather, a minister concerned with feeding the poor. Wheeler’s mother taught her to read, and she graduated from high school in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, to which her family had moved. Wheeler entered Vassar College and took remedial work in Latin and algebra before receiving her A.B. in 1899. She taught high school science and German in West Pittston and Saratoga Springs, New York. Beginning in 1905, she was a chemistry instructor for five years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During this time, Wheeler became interested in home economics, a field undergoing professionalization and offering scientific opportunities for women....