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Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker (1901-1957)

Description: British botanist Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker (1901-1957), born in Leigh, Lancashire, is best known for her research on the edible seaweed Porphyra laciniata (nori). Her analysis of the nori lifecycle provided assistance to Japanese farmers suffering from unpredictable harvests, saving the Japanese seaweed industry. Building on her work, Japanese scientists developed artificial seeding techniques which increased production. Drew-Baker spent most of her academic life at the University of Manchester’s cryptogamic botany department, serving as a Lecturer in Botany, then Researcher from 1922 to 1957. She also spent two years working at the University of California. She was one of the founders of the British Phycological Society and served as its first president.


Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Persistent URL: photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5859


Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives


Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.


Accession number: SIA2008-1427

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Taken on March 18, 2009