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MIT Press, 1986, 34–35. F Bascom, Florence (1862–1945) Florence Merriam Bailey studied birds during camping trips in the Southwest in the early 1900s. (Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7150, Records of the American Ornithologists’ Union) the American Ornithologists’ Union not only made Bailey its first woman member in 1929 but awarded her its Brewster Medal in 1931. Bailey’s last book, Among the Birds in the Grand Canyon Country, appeared in 1939, when she was 76. She died on September 22, 1948.

When she saw something that should be done, she simply did it,” writes her biographer, Nessy Allen. In time, Bennett became almost as expert as Dakin. Her specialty was the ecology of the intertidal area, a world of constant change alternating between wet and dry and battered by wind and waves. She studied intertidal shore life in Australia and in Antarctica, which she was one of the first four women scientists to visit (in 1959). She wrote many scientific papers and nine books, some of which became widely used textbooks.

In their first experiments, Belcher and her coworkers sprayed billions of viruses onto a wafer of gallium arsenide, one of several types of compounds called semiconductors, which are used in computer chips and other electronic devices. The team then washed the metal to remove all the viruses that could not cling to it. They used chemical processes to detach the viruses that were left and then let these viruses infect bacteria. The viruses multiplied inside the bacteria, creating millions of identical copies of themselves.

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