Posted: Oct 19 2013

Bush, Katharine Jeannette

In 1901, Katharine Jeannette Bush (b. 1855, d. 1937) became the first woman at Yale University to receive a Ph.D. in the sciences. Nearly 46 years old at the time.

Bush studied zoology under A. E. Verrill and in 1879 assumed the position of assistant in the zoological museum at Yale University. She served on the United States Fish Commission and was made a member of the American Society of Naturalists and the American Society of Zoologists. She wrote "The Tubicolous Annelids of the Tribes Sabellides and Serpulides," in Harriman Alaska Expedition, volume xii (1905), and other significant publications such as Deep Water Mollusca (1885) and New Species of Turbonilla (1899).