Doris Mable Cochran (1898-1968) Herpetologist/Weaver

Doris M. Cochran Holding Frog, by Unknown, c. 1930s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-956.

Color drawing of 5 tropical frogs on forest floor with green leaves. In her leisure hours, noted herpetologist Doris Cochran was a skilled fiber artist. She collected the fur shed by her many pet Persian and Angora cats, spun it into yarn, and wove blankets that she gave to friends and colleagues. Cochran began her career as an aide in the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians in 1918, rising to the rank of curator in 1956. She used her artistic talents to draw scientific illustrations of the frogs she studied. Cochran was also a dauntless explorer, traveling through South America, Central America, and the West Indies. From her first field trip to Brazil in 1935, she returned with more than a ton and a half of specimens.

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