- NAME: Marie M. Daly
- OCCUPATION: Chemist
- BIRTH DATE: April 16, 1921
- DEATH DATE: October 28, 2003
- Did You Know?: Marie M. Daly was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States.
- EDUCATION: Queens College, New York University, Columbia University, Hunter College High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Queens, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Marie Maynard Daly Clark
- Maiden Name: Marie Maynard Daly
- AKA: Marie M. Daly
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Marie M. Daly is best known for being the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States.
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Quentin B. Deming on the causes of heart attacks. Their groundbreaking work, which was later relocated to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York, disclosed the relationship between high cholesterol and clogged arteries. That work opened up a new understanding of how foods and diet can affect the health of the heart and the circulatory system.
In addition to her research work at Einstein,
Daly also taught biochemistry courses. Recognizing the importance of her own career path, Daly championed efforts to get students of color enrolled in medical schools and graduate science programs. In 1988 she started a scholarship, in honor of her father, for minority students who want to study science at Queens College.
Daly retired from Albert Einstein College in 1986. Her many honors included induction into Phi Beta Kappa as well as being tapped as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Daly, who married Vincent Clark in 1961 and whose full married name was Marie Maynard Daly Clark, died in New York City on October 28, 2003.
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