Florence Meier Chase

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Florence E. Meier Chase
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Florence E. Meier Chase c. 1930
Born 1902, exact date unknown
Springfield, IL
Died May 6, 1978
Manahawkins, NJ[1]
Nationality USA
Alma mater University of Geneva
Known for Research on algae
Spouse(s) William Wiley Chase
Scientific career
Fields Algae

Florence Meier Chase (1902 - May 6, 1978) was an American botanist who researched the interaction of sunlight and algae at the Smithsonian. She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an honorary member of the Washington Botanical Society. She was married to Dr. William Wiley Chase.[1]


Dr. Chase received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.[2] She was a research assistant at the botany department at Columbia University before moving to Washington, D.C..[1]

In Washington, she worked for the Smithsonian Institution at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, where she studied photosynthesis.[2]


While showing the visitors around in the Smithsonian Castle on February 14, 1937, Dr. Meier stepped back, and forgetting that the trap door was open behind her, fell down through it to the floor below, and broke her back. She was taken to Garfield Memorial Hospital. At the hospital, she would be cared for by Dr. William Wiley Chase, the head of the surgery department. This was their first meeting, and they eventually married.[2]

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Publications by Florence Meier Chase
  • Colonial formation of unicellular green Algae under various light conditions. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1934).
  • Cultivating Algae for scientific research. Washington: United State Government Printing Office (1933).
  • Effects of intensities and wave lengths of light on unicellular green Algae. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1934).
  • Growth of a green alga in isolated wave-length regions. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1936).
  • Lethal action of ultra-violet light on a unicellular green alga. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1932).
  • Lethal effect of short wave lengths of the ultraviolet on the alga Chlorella vulgaris. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1936).
  • The microscopic plant and animal world in ultraviolet light. Washington: United State Government Printing Office (1935).
  • Reactions to ultraviolet radiation. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1937)
  • Stimulative effect of short wave lengths of the ultraviolet on the alga Stichococcus bacillaris. Washington: Smithsonian Institution (1939).


  1. ^ a b c The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. May 12, 1978. pp. B6.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ a b c Tragedy, Towers, and Romance at the Smithsonian Retrieved on April 21, 2012

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