Legacy of Leadership
RECOGNIZING OUR PAST TO STRENGTHEN OUR FUTURE
This exhibit honors individuals with close ties to the Marine Biological Laboratory who have made important, under-recognized contributions to scientific research, education, and administration.
The first person to arrive at the MBL in 1888, she earned both the first and second U.S. biology Ph.D.’s awarded to women and was an important and inspirational role model.
Jewel Plummer Cobb
A prolific cell biologist, she was a leader in promoting science education for women and underrepresented minorities.
Jean Clark Dan
Their shared love of science, Woods Hole, and the MBL led to pioneering studies of cell behavior using light microscopy.
Ernest Everett Just
His pioneering studies of marine invertebrate development at the MBL revealed the role of the cell surface in fertilization and parthenogenesis.
Stephen W. Kuffler
A legendary figure in neuroscience, he started the world’s first neurobiology department at Harvard and was a leader in advancing neurophysiology education at the MBL.
Joe L. Martinez, Jr.
James G. Townsel
Founders of the MBL SPINES course and co-directors for its first twenty years, they shared a commitment to increasing diversity at the MBL and in the nation’s neuroscience workforce.
Lilian Vaughn Morgan
Thomas Hunt Morgan
Their foundational contributions to modern genetics were made during a half-century of summers at the MBL.