Did you know that Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau was born today in 1910? In 1937 she became the first woman to earn a Doctor of Science degree in chemical engineering. Chemical engineers use chemistry, biology, physics, and math to design factories and processes to produce useful substances and products; for example, chemical engineers design factories that turn crude oil into gasoline and other useful chemicals. Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau designed the first factory to mass produce penicillin, making it widely available to save lives.
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Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau was also the first female member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In 1983 she was also the first female recipient of AIChE’s Founders Award.
In 1955 Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau also received the Achievement Award from the Society of Women Engineers.
Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau also improved distillation column designs and factories that produced ethylene glycol, aviation fuel, and acetic acid.