Allene Jeanes

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Allene R. Jeanes was an American chemical researcher, whose studies focused mainly on carbohydrates and the development of Dextran, a substance that replaced plasma in the Korean War. A member of the American Chemical Society, Jeanes published over 60 works, compiled 24 presentations, and received ten patents.[1]


Early years[edit]


Jeanes was born July 19, 1906, in Waco, Texas. 22 years later in 1928, she received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University. Shortly afterwards in 1929, Jeanes obtained a master's degree from the University of California.[1]

Middle years[edit]


From 1930 to 1935, Jeanes was employed as the head science teacher at Athens College in Atlanta, Georgia. Afterwards, she held a position as chemistry instructor at the University of Illinois. From 1938 to 1940, Jeanes served as a corn industries research foundation fellow for the NIH and USPHS, then served as a chemical researcher from 1941 until 1976 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northern Regional Research Center.[1]

Later life[edit]

Jeanes died in 1995.[1]


She worked for the National Institutes of Health, and then Department of Agriculture’s Northern Regional Research Lab.[2]

She discovered a mass production process for dextran.[3]

She was on the team to develop xanthan gum.[4]


1953 - Distinguished Service Award from the USDA.[1]

1956 - Garvan Medal from the American Chemical Society.[1]

1962 - Federal Woman’s Service Award from the U.S. Civil Service Commission.[1]

1999 - posthumously inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame for her works in microbiological research that created life-saving polymers made from agricultural products.[5]


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