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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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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 Albert Einstein College, Daly also taught biochemistry courses at the college. Recognizing the importance of her own career path, Daly championed efforts to get minority students 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 Marie Maynard Daly Clark, died in New York City October 28, 2003.
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