Sophie Bledsoe Aberle

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Aberle in her New Mexico home, 1982

Sophie Bledsoe Aberle (21 July 1896 – October 1996) was a Native American anthropologist , physician and nutritionist. She received a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University in 1927 and an M.D. from Yale University in 1930.[1] Aberle studied Native Americans in the southwestern U.S. She, and Dr. Gerty T. Cori, were appointed to the first National Science Board by President Truman in 1951. [2]


Aberle was a member of the upper Rio Grande drainage basin committee. She also consulted for the health committee of the All Indian Pueblo Council and was a member of the New Mexico Nutrition Committee. Aberle also worked as a member of the White House Conference on Children in Democracy, and was the chair of the board of directors for the Southwest Field Training School for Federal Service.[1]

Aberle worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1935 to 1944. She then took a position with National Research Council until 1949, and from 1949 to 1954 at the University of New Mexico.[3] She worked for the Bernalillo County Indian Hospital until 1970 when she returned to the University of New Mexico.


  1. ^ a b Bailey, Martha J. (1994). American Women in Science. ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 0-87436-740-9. 
  2. ^ National Science Foundation. "A Timeline of NSF History". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Marilyn Ogilvie and Joy Harvey, ed. (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Great Britain: Routledge. p. 6. ISBN 0-415-92038-8. Retrieved 15 April 2011.