A. Elizabeth Adams

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Amy Elizabeth Adams (March 28, 1892 – February 15, 1962) was a zoologist and professor at Mount Holyoke College.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Delaware, New Jersey, Adams studied biology at Mount Holyoke and the University of Chicago, earning bachelor's degrees in 1914 and 1916. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University in 1919 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1926. She also studied for a year from 1930–1931 at the University of Edinburgh.[2]

Career and research[edit]

In 1919, Adams began her career at Mount Holyoke, where she would spend her entire professional life. In 1928, she became a full professor. Adams retired in 1957 and died in 1962 in South Hadley, Massachusetts.[1][2] She taught embryology and genetics and researched related topics: experimental embryology and endocrinology of the reproductive system. Her studies of the reproductive system were among the first. Adams was funded by a variety of organizations, a rarity for women and women's colleges throughout her career and a rarity for any scientist during the Great Depression.[2]


  • 'An experimental study of the development of the mouth in the amphibian embryo', Journal of Experimental Zoology, 40, 1924
  • 'Studies on life in Triturus viridescens : the effects of ovarian grafts in castrated males', Journal of Experimental Zoology, 55 (January 1930)
  • 'The endocrine glands and molting in Triturus viridescens', Journal of Experimental Zoology, 63:1 (August 1932)
  • 'The gonad- and thyroid- stimulating potencies of phyone and hebin', Anatomical Record 45:3 (June 1934)
  • Studies in experimental zoology (regeneration, experimental embryology, endocrinology), 1936
  • (with Beatrice Gray) 'A comparative study of the thyroid glands of hypophysectomized newts after treatment with anterior pituitary, thyroid and iodine', Anatomical Record 65:1 (April 1936)
  • (with Florence Martindale) 'The response of thyroid glands of hypophysectomized newts to injections of phyone and their reaction after cessation of treatment', Anatomical Record 65:3 (June 1936)
  • (with Barbara Granger and Ruth Rhoades) 'Stimulation of the thyroid gland of the guinea pig by anuran anterior pituitary', Anatomical Record 72:4 & supplement (December 1938)
  • (with Elizabeth M. DeForest and Barbara Granger) 'Effects of administering mouse anterior pituitary to the newt and the frog', Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 42 (1939)
  • 'Sexual conditions in triturus viridescens. III, The reproductive cycle of the adult aquatic form of both sexes', American Journal of Anatomy, 66:2 (March 1940)

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  1. ^ a b Mount Holyoke College. "Adams, A. Elizabeth, Adams papers". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Wayne, Tiffany K. (2011-01-01). American Women of Science Since 1900. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781598841589.