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Bodley, Rachel Littler (07 December 1831–15 June 1888), botanist, chemist, and educator, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Anthony Prichard Bodley, a carpenter and patternmaker, and Rebecca Wilson Talbott, a teacher. An 1849 graduate in classical studies of Wesleyan Female College in Cincinnati, Rachel Bodley taught there and served as preceptor in higher college studies until 1860, when she decided to pursue her interests in botany and chemistry. She began advanced studies in the natural sciences at the Polytechnic College in Philadelphia in 1860 and returned to Ohio in early 1862 to accept a position as professor of natural sciences at the Cincinnati Female Seminary....

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Gies, William John (21 February 1872–20 May 1956), biological chemist and patron of modern dentistry, was born in Reisterstown, Maryland, the son of John Gies, Jr. and Ophelia Letitia Ensminger, occupations unknown. His father died when he was two years old, whereupon his mother took him and his infant brother to the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Manheim, where her father edited and published the local newspaper. At age seven, Gies started delivering the ...