Dorothy Stimson

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Dorothy Stimson
Acting President of Goucher College
In office
June 1930 – January 1930
Preceded byHans Froelicher
Succeeded byDavid Allan Robertson
Dean of Goucher College
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 10, 1890
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedSeptember 19, 1988
Owls Head, Maine
Alma materVassar College (BA)
Columbia University (MA, PhD)

Dorothy Stimson (October 10, 1890 – September 19, 1988) was an American academic. She served as the dean of Goucher College from 1921 to 1947 and was a professor of history at the college until 1955.

Stimson served as the president of the History of Science Society between 1953 and 1957. Her research included the reception of the Copernican theory. She also edited a collection of papers by George Sarton, considered to be the founder of the discipline of the history of science.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Stimson was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 10, 1890, to Henry Albert Stimson and Alice Wheaton.[2] She was the granddaughter of a former president of Dartmouth College, and a cousin of former United States Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson.[3] Stimson graduated from Vassar College in 1912 with a bachelor's degree. She later studied at Columbia University, from which she earned a master's degree in 1913 and doctorate in 1917.[1][4] Her dissertation was titled The Gradual Acceptance of the Copernican Theory of the Universe. It was at the suggestion of James Harvey Robinson that Stimson pursued this subject.[5]


Stimson was the dean of women at Goucher College from 1921 until 1947. She also served as a long-time professor of history at Goucher.[1]


  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for British History (1929)[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Dorothy Stimson, 97, Former Goucher Dean". The New York Times. 1988-09-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  2. ^ Mackenzie, George Norbury (1917). Colonial Families of the United States of America: In which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families who Settled in the American Colonies from the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. Grafton Press. p. 79.
  3. ^ 1960-, Mundy, Liza,. Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9780316352536. OCLC 972386321.
  4. ^ "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, Dorothy Stimson Papers" (PDF). Goucher College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  5. ^ Stimson, Dorothy (1917). The gradual acceptance of the Copernican theory of the universe. University of California Libraries. Hanover, N.H.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  6. ^ "Dorothy Stimson". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


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