The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution is dedicated to the memory of Josephine Bay Paul (1900-1962), a leader in industry, education, and the arts in the middle decades of the twentieth century. As President of A. M. Kidder & Co., Josephine Bay Paul was the first woman to head a corporate member firm of the New York Stock Exchange. She was also chairman of the board and chief executive officer of American Export Lines.
The Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution was founded in 1996 with major support from the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation. This Center seeks to build dynamic and productive interdisciplinary collaborations to pursue research to unlock the genetic information encoded in the strands of DNA that define elements of life.