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Died when: 56 years 191 days
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Rachel Littler Bodley (December 7, 1831 – June 15, 1888) was an American professor, botanist, and university leader. She was best known for her term as Dean of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1874–1888). She helped found the American Chemical Society in New York City. Bodley's most significant work was Catalogue of Plants Contained in Herbarium of Joseph Clark, an herbarium she personally organized and catalogued. She taught various subjects, primarily chemistry and medicine, the latter of which she developed toward a more science-focused method of study. Through her work The College Story, she refuted the claims of those opposed to the formal education of women, particularly in medicine. She received numerous honors and maintained membership in many professional societies during her career.