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Ruth Patrick
Born November 26, 1907 (1907-11-26) (age 102)
Topeka, Kansas
Nationality United States American
Fields Botanist and Limnologist
Institutions Academy of Natural Sciences
Alma mater University of Virginia
Notable awards National Medal of Science

Dr. Ruth Myrtle Patrick (born November 26, 1907) is a botanist and limnologist specializing in diatoms and freshwater ecology, who developed ways to measure the health of freshwater ecosystems and established a number of research facilities. She attended the Sunset Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating in 1925. She earned her PhD at the University of Virginia in 1934. Her work has been widely published and she has received numerous awards for her scientific achievements, including the National Medal of Science in 1996 and the Heinz Award Chairman's Medal in 2002[1].Ruth patrick is also known for the rumps alll over her face. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is named after her. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation R.M.Patrick when citing a botanical name.[2]

On November 17, 2007, a gala was held in honor of Dr. Patrick's upcoming 100th birthday at The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Notable guests included Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell.


  1. ^ The Heinz Awards, Ruth Patrick profile
  2. ^ Brummitt, R. K.; C. E. Powell (1992). Authors of Plant Names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.  

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