Florence Sabin

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Florence Sabin was an Educator, an Immunologist, an Anatomist and a Biologist.


November 9, 1871


October 3, 1953

Place of Birth

She was born in Central City, Colorado. She then later moved to Denver, Colorado with her family. She had a sister named Mary. Her brothers died shortly after they were born.

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Known For

Sabin was recognized for her study of tuberculosis and her book An Atlas of the Medulla and the Midbrain, which later became a popular medical textbook. She also received many awards such as, being the first female president of the American Association of Anatomists. She was also the first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences. When Marie Curie visited America Florence was asked to greet her on behalf of women in science.

Science Explained

She studied Anatomy, which is the study of the human body. She focused on how the body reacts to Tuberculosis bacteria. She also studied Physiology which is the study of the fuctions of the internal organs. Florence specified on the lymphatic system which is the system that returns fluids to the body and destroys foreign bacteria.


She worked at Smith College as an educator, Johns Hopkins Medical School as a biologist and a physiologist and the Rockefeller Institute as an anatomist.

Did You Know?

  • When Florence was younger she liked walking the mountains with her sister Mary.
  • Her favorite color was yellow.
  • When she was 12 she played piano.
  • She went to Wolfe Hall Boarding School.
  • She graduated from the Vermont Academy with honors.
  • She was class president in 12th grade.


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