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Hyde, Ida Henrietta (08 September 1857–22 August 1945), physiologist, was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Meyer H. Hyde, a merchant, and Babette Loewenthal. Her father had changed his surname from Heidenheimer when he settled in the United States from Württemberg, Germany. He left the family when Ida was very young. The mother and children moved to Chicago, where Babette Hyde did mending and cleaning. Ida attended public schools and began work in a millinery in Chicago in 1873 when she was sixteen. She advanced to buyer and sales clerk. When she found and enjoyed reading a book by Alexander von Humboldt, Hyde decided to pursue her education. She took evening classes at the newly established Chicago Athenaeum, a school for working people....