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Frances Krasnow

Frances Krasnow helped bring scientific rigor to dental medicine through her research into oral biochemistry and microorganisms. Krasnow earned three degrees in 1917: a BS from Barnard, an MS from Columbia, and a degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teacher’s College. She then earned a PhD from Columbia in 1922. From 1922–1928 she was a fellow of the Rhein-Levy Research Fund, then taught at Columbia until 1932, when she became head of fundamental science at the Guggenheim Dental Clinic’s School for Dental Hygiene. In 1944 she was promoted to director of research for the clinic, then became research director for Universal Coatings, Inc., a position she held until her retirement in 1974. Her work focused on oral chemistry, from the composition of saliva to the effect of diet on teeth, and helped drive research in dentistry, which had previously been a poorly regarded scientific discipline. She also remained involved in Jewish education, becoming a member of the Board of Overseers for JTS in 1969 and promoting Hebrew and Jewish literature as subjects to be taught in mainstream American high schools. JTS gave her an honorary doctorate for her advocacy in 1974.

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Date of Birth
October 16, 1894
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
October 5, 1983

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