Biography of Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Wagner Reed, Ph.D. is a retired professor of women's studies at the University of Minnesota, where she taught the biology of women course. Her work for a doctorate in biology included courses in botany, zoology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and astronomy. She has had a career in teaching and research in biology.

Her teaching years were spent at Vassar College, Atlantic Christian College, Ohio Wesleyan, and the University of Minnesota.

She has published more than thirty papers on botany, genetics and the biology of women. She is senior author of a book on mental retardation, together with several workbooks for curricula in elementary school science.

She is the wife of Dr. Sheldon C. Reed and has three children.

[Elizabeth W. Reed died July 14, 1996.]


Elizabeth Reed encountered and resisted sex discrimination throughout her career. She researched and wrote this book to refute the claim that there had never been women scientists. The book was to have been published by Pergamon Press as part of their Athena series, but a hostile takeover of the company prevented this, so the author published American Women in Science Before the Civil War privately. The book was reviewed in Science but I have been unable to locate this review.

American Women in Science Before the Civil War by Elizabeth Wagner Reed, Ph. D., has been made available to all for educational and scholarly purposes by her children John Wagner Beasley, Catherine Cleland Reed and William George Reed. If you find this material useful, consider making a donation to:

The Elizabeth Reed Science Outreach Fund
Xi Chapter, Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science

Catherine Reed