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Doris Mable Cochran

Born: May 18, 1898

Death: May 22, 1968

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States

Doris Mable Cochran

Date of Birth : May 18, 1898
Date of Death : May 22, 1968
Birth Place : Pennsylvania

Doris Mable Cochran was an American herpetologist and custodian of the American Natural Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. for many years. Born in North Girard, Pennsylvania, she grew up in Washington after her father transferred there for a government job. While an undergraduate student at George Washington University, she worked for the War Department and became Aide in the Division of Herpetology at the United States National Museum. Although the museum was under the curatorship of Leonhard Hess Stejneger, Cochran was responsible for the administration of the herpetological collections. In 1927 she became Assistant Curator and in 1942, Associate Curator just prior to Stejneger's death. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 1933 with a thesis on blue crab musculature. She became the first woman Curator in 1956 until her retirement in 1968 on her 70th birthday. After completing studies at Corcoran Art School and developing her talents as an artist, Cochran became a scientific illustrator not only for her own works, but for those of her colleagues.

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