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Oral History Interview: Helen Parsons (0080)

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Lowe, Stephen
Parsons, Helen
Mar 07, 1972
Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC?later Kansas State Univ); Univer- sity of Wisconsin-Madison; home economics
In her three March 1972 interviews with Steven Lowe, Helen Parsons describes her career as a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and elsewhere from the early 1900s to the 1970s. She discusses her burgeoning interest in science and home economics and how she wanted to bridge the gap between the two disciplines with her research in the biochemistry of nutrition. She offers observations about a number of significant figures in the early history of the School of Agriculture, details her major contributions to nutrition science, and traces the development of a separate School of Home Economics (now School of Human Ecology). This interview was conducted for inclusion in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives Oral History Project.
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