Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary

Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary

(ăg`əsē), 1822–1907, American author and educator, b. Boston. In 1850 she married Louis AgassizAgassiz, Louis
(Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz) , 1807–73, Swiss-American zoologist and geologist, b. Môtiers-en-Vuly, Switzerland. He studied at the universities of Zürich, Erlangen (Ph.D., 1829), Heidelberg, and Munich (M.D., 1830).
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, and together they established the pioneering Agassiz School for girls in Boston (1856–65). She accompanied her husband on expeditions to Brazil (1865–66) and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Americas (1871–72). She was one of a group (along with Arthur Gilman and Alice Longfellow) influential in the founding of Radcliffe College, and was (1894–1903) its first president. Her writings include A Journey in Brazil (in collaboration with her husband, 1868); a biography of her husband (1885); and, with her stepson Alexander AgassizAgassiz, Alexander
, 1835–1910, American naturalist and industrialist, b. Neuchâtel, Switzerland; son of Louis Agassiz, stepson of Elizabeth Cary Agassiz. He came to the United States in 1849 and studied at Harvard, receiving degrees in engineering (B.S.
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, Seaside Studies in Natural History (1865).

Bibliography

See study by L. A. Paton (1919); L. Tharp, Adventurous Alliance (1959).

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