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Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 27th



Born this day in 1724, Jane Colden,described as," first woman botanist of the New World." An excellent illustrator and created a way of making true impressions of plants with an ink process. Colden catalogued and collected over 300 flora of New York State. Colden's father was a scientist and encouraged and educated his daughter about science. And because of her father Colden was able to meet and developed friendships with the leading scientists of the day. Sadly, Jane died in childbirth.
Colden's original manuscript of the flora New York is housed at the British Museum.