Mary Ann Booth

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Mary Ann Allard Booth
Born (1843-09-08)September 8, 1843
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Died September 15, 1922(1922-09-15) (aged 79)

Mary Ann Allard Booth (September 8 1843–September 15 1922) was an American microscopist.


Booth was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts in 1843 to Samuel and Rhoda Colton Booth where she attended public schools and Wilbraham Academy.[1][2] Her father was a scientist, and she inherited his interest for scientific studies; at her home in Springfield she had a fully equipped laboratory where she prepared and stored microscope slides. Booth travelled extensively around the United States and Canada, and was interested in photography. She prepared the micrographs used by Rupert Blue during his efforts to stop bubonic plague in San Francisco.[1]

Booth died on September 15 1922.[3]


Whilst suffering from an illness at her home, Booth acquired skills in preparing slides for microscopy for a variety of human parasites, and was considered to have the largest private collection of them.[2] She won a range of awards for her work, edited Practical Microscopy between 1900 and 1907, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and Royal Photographic Society.[2]


  1. ^ a b James Terry White (1916). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 15. Pennsylvania State University. p. 107. 
  2. ^ a b c Marilyn Ogilvie; Joy Harvey (2000). Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Routledge. p. 326. ISBN 1135963436. 
  3. ^ "Mary A. Booth". New York Times. September 16, 1922. Retrieved 24 March 2014.