Women's Contributions to Carcinology

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This portion of the book concerns women who have made contributions to carcinology. The authors begin with an Introduction and follow it with a number of sections, each devoted to identifying these women and summarizing their work, divided by their country of origin. The three women in the United States section all had a connection with the Smithsonian Institution's United States National Museum. Mary Jane Rathbun was hired in 1886 by the Division of Marine Invertebrates and went on to a celebrated career, most notably related to crabs; Lee Boone was the most controversial, being dismissed from the museum and her Crustacea work in 1922 after incompetence charges; and Harriet Richardson began her short but noted work relating to isopods for the museum in 1901.


  • Boone, Lee
  • Richardson, Harriet
  • Rathbun, Mary Jane 1860-1943
  • United States National Museum Division of Marine Invertebrates


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Book is based on a symposium presented at the 1990 annual meeting of the American Society of Zoologists and the Crustacean Society in San Antonio, TX.

Contained within

History of Carcinology Series: Crustacean issues 8 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Crustacea
  • Isopoda
  • Crabs
  • Controversies
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Learned institutions and societies
  • Carcinology
  • Biography
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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pgs. 165-205(?)

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