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Rathbun, Mary Janelocked

(11 June 1860–04 April 1943)
  • Pamela M. Henson

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Rathbun, Mary Jane (11 June 1860–04 April 1943), invertebrate zoologist, was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Charles Howland Rathbun, a stonemason, and Jane Furey. The youngest of five children, she was raised by an elderly nurse after her mother died when she was a year old. She graduated from Central High School in Buffalo in 1878 with honors in English, but she soon turned her energies and talents to a career less typical of late nineteenth-century women, zoology....

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