Ray, Dixie Lee

Ray, Dixie Lee

(1914–  ) biologist, governor; born in Tacoma, Wash. Associate marine biology professor at the University of Washington (1947–72), she also directed the Pacific Science Center of research and public education in Seattle (1963–72). The first woman on the Atomic Energy Commission, as chairman (1973–75) she championed nuclear power plant construction. As an Independent governor of Washington (1977–81), she feuded with aides and refused to close the Hanford nuclear dump, becoming an engineering consultant afterward.