Margaretta Hare Morris

Morris is an entomologist known for her groundbreaking work specifically involving the study of the Hessian fly as well as her studies involving cotton moths and bed bugs. This discovery later proved crucial to finding a method to prevent invasive species from destroying crops as well as pesticides research. Despite her work, Morris actually had no formal scientific education, but relied heavily on self teaching. She conducted her own home research which included growing and observing insects that were considered to be invasive. Shortly after, she published articles including one that was presented to the American Association for the Advancement in Science in 1850. Morris helped pave the way for future women to not only study science, but to be able to present their findings in a dominantly male field.

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