Article ID: CBB001422109

The High-Altitude Research of Mabel Purefoy Fitzgerald, 1911--13 (2015)


Goodman, Martin (Author)

Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Volume: 69, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 85-99

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Article in a special issue, “Women and Science”
Language: English

(First paragraph of article.) Home schooled without a science education, Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald (1872--1973) attended physiology lectures at Oxford in 1897, even though the school was closed to women. She found work as a researcher, published early noted papers and earned the active respect and support of senior scientists of her day. Her laboratory work with the physiologist J. S. Haldane saw her invited to the join the Pikes Peak Expedition in 1911. While the male team members measured the physiological effects of long-term residency at 14 101 feet, as the sole woman FitzGerald took measurements of haemoglobin and alveolar air from herself and from mining staff and families at altitudes from 6000 to 12 500 feet, travelling to remote mining communities in the Colorado Rockies. A subsequent expedition collected data at lower altitudes. Recorded in two papers, the results presented pioneering evidence of the role of oxygen in breathing.


Description On physiological research at high altitudes.

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Authors & Contributors
Orr, Mary
Harper, Lila Marz
Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May
Fara, Patricia
Della Dora, Veronica
Schürmann, Astrid
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Feministische Studien
Victorian Studies
Book History
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
University Press of Kansas
Turku Yliopiston Julkaisuja
Science and gender
Women in science
Science education and teaching
Travel; exploration
Science and literature
Scientific expeditions
Curie, Marie Sklodowska
Lee, Sarah Bowdich
Wollstonecraft, Mary
Martineau, Harriet
Bird, Isabella L.
Kingsley, Mary Henrietta
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
United States
Great Britain
Arctic regions
National Geographic Society

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