SC Hall of Science & Technology Induction Ceremony & Workshop at USC-Aiken on March 8, 1996

Honoring Dr. Ruth Patrick and John Edwards Holbrook

At the upcoming SC Hall of Science and Technology Induction Workshop, two renowned South Carolinia scientists will be honored. Dr. Ruth Patrick, although born in Kansas, received her early training at Coker College, Hartsville, SC, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1929. Following completion of a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1934, she began a career which has been equaled by few others. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to science and humanity by many professional societies; her list of awards and honors is amazing. The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus bears her name, in fitting tribute to a remarkable person. Johns Edwards Holbrook, a native of Beaufort and one of the preeminent herpetologists of the 19th century, was the author of North American Herpetology, the first up-to-date, complete list of amphibians and reptiles of North America. First published from 1836 to 1840, with a second edition published in 1842, this work established Holbrook as "...the father of American Herpetology." Many of the species he described before the Civil War are still recognized by herpetologists. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Reeves at Midlands Technical College, at (803) 738-1400.

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