Abby Howe Turner

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Turner at work, in an image from the Smithsonian Institution

Abby Howe Turner (1875-1957) was a noted professor of Physiology and Zoology who founded the department of physiology at Mount Holyoke College. She specialized in colloid osmotic pressure and circulatory reactions to gravity.

Turner was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke in 1896. She then studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. from Radcliffe College in 1926. She both taught and worked in a lab at Mount Holyoke from 1896 until her retirement in 1940.

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