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Marie M. Daly, first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Marie Maynard Daly was born in Queens, and attended Hunter College High School. She earned the B.S. in chemistry at Queens College; the M.S. in chemistry at New York University; and the Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia.

Marie M. Daly was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. She studied cholesterol, artery health, hypertension, and protein production in cells. In 1947, under the direction of Dr. Mary L. Caldwell, Dr. Daly wrote her dissertation on “A Study of the Products Formed By the Action of Pancreatic Amylase on Corn Starch.”

On February, 2016, R. Emmanuel Cooke announced that P.S. 360Q in St. Albans, New York, would be dedicated to her memory and would be named the Dr. Marie M. Daly Academy of Excellence. https://www.facebook.com/ps360stalbans/videos/1535690736732001/