Jan Butin

Jan Butin studied history of science at the University of Kansas, where she is now employed by the division of continuing education. In 1980–1981, she received a Fulbright for research at the Naples Zoological Station archives. Her work on Ida Hyde is part of a larger project on the Naples Table Association for Promoting Scientific Research by Women, 1897–1932, which Hyde founded.

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Ida Henrietta Hyde

Physiologist Ida Henrietta Hyde’s proudest accomplishment wasn’t her pioneering research—it was her work on behalf of other women scientists. In 1896, she conducted research at the Zoological Station in Naples, Italy, after completing her Ph.D. in Heidelberg, Germany. The next year, she persuaded America’s foremost women educators and philanthropists to make this opportunity available to other American women scientists. The group she founded was known as the Naples Table Association for Promoting Scientific Research by Women. Using a subscription system, the group raised five hundred dollars annually to fund a research “table,” actually a small laboratory, where thirty-six American women in all benefited from Hyde’s vision.

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