Florence Sabin (1871-1953)
was a pioneering medical scientist. She was the first woman elected to the
National Academy of Sciences, the first to hold a full professorship at Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, and the first to head a department at the
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.
She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins and
started teaching in 1902, becoming the first female full professor by 1917. She
became the first female president of the American Association of Anatomists in
1921. Her advocacy for health reform led to the creation of the “Sabin
Health Laws” which modernised public hospitals in Colorado.