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Jean Langenheim Fellowship

Jean Langenheim Fellowship



Jean Harmon was born in 1925 in Homer, Louisiana and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jean received her B.S. from the University of Tulsa. She joined the lab of renowned ecologist William Skinner Cooper at the University of Minnesota for graduate school, and received her Ph.D. in 1953. She married Ralph Langenheim during graduate school, and together they moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where Jean worked as a research assistant in the botany department. Dr. Jean Langenheim moved to the University of Illinois in Urbana and then to Harvard University, where she worked as an American Association of University Women postdoctoral fellow. In 1966, Dr. Langenheim became the first female faculty member in the natural sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and built her lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Dr. Langenheim is the leading authority on plant resins and in 2003 published “Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology, and Ethnobotany”, an authoritative textbook on the subject and the first since 1949.


Dr. Langenheim was the first woman to serve as President of the Association for Tropical Biology. She co-founded the International Society of Chemical Ecology in 1983 and was its first female president. She was also the second woman president of the Ecological Society of America and the Society of Economic Botany. Her memoir is entitled “The Odyssey of a Woman Field Scientist: A Story of Passion, Persistence, and Patience” (2010). Dr. Langenheim was awarded an Honorary Membership in GWIS in 2011 for her excellence in research. She remains active in the UC Santa Cruz community and in scientific societies. Dr. Langenheim established the Jean Langenheim Fellowship, which is used to fund a variety of research proposals, as well as to support new or struggling GWIS chapters.The first Jean Langenheim Fellowship was awarded in 2013


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