Doris Gnauck White
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Doris Gnauck White (24 December 1926 – 19 November 2001) was a science educator and a researcher of the biochemical and biophysical foundations of agriculture. She won fame for her skill in curing sick chickens.
Gnauck was born in Milwaukee. Her parents had immigrated from Germany. The father, Paul Benjamin Gnauck, was an aviation pioneer and the mother, Johanna born Syring, was a teacher. Gnauck grew up on a farm in Granville and graduated from Shorewood High School.
In 1944, Gnauck won a University of Wisconsin scholarship. From her early years she cared for chickens. In 1946 she published the cartoon Chick Doctor. Working on the university's poultry experimental farm, she came in touch with questions of genetics, vitamine deficiencies and hormones. In 1947, she was the only girl who graduated with honors from the agricultural school of the University of Wisconsin. By her graduation, she was qualified to teach vocational agriculture, but she was not admitted to do so, supposedly because she was a woman. In the same year the family's house burned down and her parents became ill. Gnauck had to contribute to the family's living. She raised a garden and cared for baby chicks.
Gnauck taught at a U.S. Army Military Prison and natural sciences at high schools in Wisconsin. For the United States Department of Agriculture she investigated genetic resistance of wheat. Gnauck wrote her first Ph.D. on horticulture, but then she turned to entomology.
In 1954, Gnauck married Donald Lawrence White. Gnauck White received her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1956. Together with her husband she went to Hunterdon. In 1960, she was appointed assistant professor for mathematics and science at the William Paterson University. She investigated AIDS transmission by insects and worked for the American Environmental Laboratory.
- Chick Doctor, cartoon, 1946
- Self fecundation of Cucurbita maxima, 1949
- A comparison of three techniques involving the use of visual education procedures in the development of entomological vocabulary in secondary school science. Dissertation University of Wisconsin 1956
Since 1985, Gnauck White was a New Jersey Science Teachers Association Fellow, and in 2001 she got the citation scroll by this organization, which is awarded for outstanding contributions to science and/or science education.
The New Jersey Science Teachers Association offers the Doris White Memorial Scholarship to students who are enrolled in a Teacher Education Program at a New Jersey institution of higher education.
- Luby Pollack: "The Little Doc". Collier's Weekly, February 23, 1946, pp. 32-39
- Who's Who of American Women 1999-2000, p. 1108
- Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame
- The Milwaukee Journal, October 25, 1978
- The Milwaukee Journal, August 30, 1944
- Davidson Educational Comics Reference
- The Milwaukee Journal, July 29, 1948
- Floyd Doering: "Waunakee High School". 1994
- The Milwaukee Sentinel, November 3, 1954
- Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus, Volume 56, Number 9, January 15, 1955
- Palm Beach Daily News, May 3, 1987
- Article on cancer in "Together" Magazine for Methodist Families, April 1967
- New Jersey Science Teachers Association Fellows
- New Jersey Science Teachers Association Citation Scroll recipients
- NJSTA Awards