Sun 29 Sep 2013
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Ida Henrietta Hyde (1857-1945) was the MBL's first female researcher. Her work at the MBL led her on the path to becoming Harvard Medical School's first female researcher as well. There, she studied the animal breathing mechanisms and invented the microelectrode, a cell recording device that revolutionized neurophysiology.
The gravestones are decorated with different art, depending upon the time and type of burial. In the top right is a cherub, signifying the death of child. In the bottom right is a death head from the 1790s. This kind of macabre decoration would later give way to more cheerful artwork, such as the willow tree and urn seen on the 1830s gravestone at left.
Selman Waksman (1888-1973) was a microbiologist who spent his summers at Woods Hole. Waksman's research on antiobiotics led to the discovery of streptomycin -- the first effective treatment for tuberculosis -- and won him the Nobel Prize in 1952. Waksman also supported the Microbial Diversity course at the MBL, which is still offered today.
Byron Waksman (1919-2012) spent his childhood summers at Woods Hole, where his father Selman taught and did research. Byron went on to have a successful career studying multiple sclerosis. He also founded the Science Journalism program in 1985 and the Pathogenesis of Neuroimmunologic Diseases course in 1990.