Mary J. Rathbun

Mary J. Rathbun

Mary J. Rathbun

Birth : (1860-06-11)June 11, 1860 Buffalo, New York

Death : April 4, 1943(1943-04-04)(aged 82) Washington, D.C.

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Name Mary J. Rathbun
Birth (1860-06-11)June 11, 1860 Buffalo, New York
Birth Place Buffalo, New York
Death (1943-04-04)(aged 82) Washington, D.C.
Died At Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Alma Mater George Washington University
Fields Carcinology
Institution Smithsonian Institution)

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Mary Jane Rathbun (June 11, 1860 – April 4, 1943) was an American zoologist who specialized in crustaceans.


She worked at the Smithsonian Institution, often unaided, from 1884 until her death.


Mary Jane Rathbun was born on June 11, 1860, in Buffalo, New York, the youngest of five children of Charles Rathbun and Jane Furey.


She was schooled in Buffalo, graduating in 1878, but never attended college.


Rathbun first saw the ocean in 1881 when she accompanied her brother, Richard Rathbun, to Woods Hole, Massachusetts.


In 1915, after her retirement, the Smithsonian Institution designated Rathbun an "Honorary Research Associate", and in 1916 she was granted an honorary master's degree by the University of Pittsburgh.


She qualified for a Ph.D. at George Washington University in 1917.


She died in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 1943, at the age of 82, from complications associated with a broken hip.


She retired on the last day of 1914, but did not stop working until her death.