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s.dippel at germanynet.de s.dippel at germanynet.de
Fri Mar 2 18:39:04 EST 2001

Cc: gerdn at ibg.uit.no
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Hi Gerd, 

I don't know if you are looking particularly for 
"modern" scientists, but I think Maria Sybilla Merian 
would be a very interesting topic for such a paper. You 
can find a short biography in English (unfortunately, 
most literature on her seems to be in German or Dutch, 
because these are the countries where she lived) on 
She was a very fascinating woman, lived from 1647 to 1717, 
studied insects and botany, went on an expedition to 
Surinam (Dutch-Guyana) with her 21 year old daughter in 
1699, and I think was the first to describe correctly the 
metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. She funded her 
research by all kinds of odd jobs - well, just look at 
the page mentioned or type her name into a search engine. 



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