Skip to main content

Have ideas for improving Duke University Libraries?

Take a short survey for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card!

Exploring Women in Science and Medicine Through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection


January 19, 2016 – May 23, 2016

From the first entomologist to capture the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly (1705) to the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States (1849), the women in this exhibit were pioneers in science and medicine. Whether self-trained or classically educated, they not only made groundbreaking contributions to their fields, but also provide a foundation for future women to follow in their footsteps. Despite their accomplishments, most of these women remain overlooked or under-recognized in history. This exhibit highlights the stories of seven revolutionary women in science and medicine and celebrates the arrival of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection.


This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.