Dixie Lee Ray
Marine Biologist, Governor (1914-1994)
Dixie wend to Stanford University and received her doctorate in marine biology, or study of ocean life. Dixie taught people about sea animals and created television programs to help people learn about the sea. Dixie became the director of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and then the chief scientist on a research ship in the Indian ocean. She later became the chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission, where she created the Department of Safety in order to make the use of nuclear energy safer. She also educated people about nuclear energy. Dr. Dixie Ray recognized problems and set out to fix them, and because of her honesty, she won an election and became the first woman governor of the state of Washington in 1976.
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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.