September 16, 1887
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||September 19, 1967(aged 80)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Known for||Discovering Vitamin A and B|
|Institutions||University of Wisconsin|
In his 1964 autobiography, McCollum attributes his success in nutrition research to two people: Davis and Stephen Babcock. He also says that Davis was physically handicapped by severe burns that she received at age ten while playing at a bonfire when her clothing caught fire.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1910 at the University of California, Berkeley. She then returned to the University of Wisconsin where she started but did not complete a master's degree. She moved to New Jersey, to work for the Squibb Pharmaceutical Company, later returning to the University of Wisconsin to teach and do research for a number of years.
Davis founded the nutrition laboratory at the University of Wisconsin. She later helped Rutgers University in New Jersey form a nutrition lab as part of its School of Pharmacy. She pursued history and gardening after her retirement in 1940.
Davis died in Racine three days after her eightieth birthday on September 19, 1967.
- McCollum, Elmer; Davis, Marguerite (1913). "THE NECESSITY OF CERTAIN LIPINS IN THE DIET DURING GROWTH". Journal of Biological Chemistry. 15 (1): 167–175.
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- McCollum, Elmer Verner (1964). From Kansas Farm Boy to Scientist. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press. p. 124.
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