Pauline Beery Mack papers, 1922-1950

PSUA 590

Collection Overview

Title:
Pauline Beery Mack papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1922-1950
Creator:
Mack, Pauline Beery
Abstract:
Pauline Gracia Beery Mack (1891-1974) served as chemistry professor (1932-1952) and director of the Ellen H. Richards Institute for Research in Foods, Shelter, and Clothing (1941-1952) at Penn State, and as dean (1952-1962) and director of research (1952-1973) at Texas State College for Women.
Abstract:
This collection includes lab notes, research information, academic publications, reports, and books of Penn State chemistry professor, Pauline Beery Mack.
Collection Number:
PSUA 590
Size:
1 Cubic Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Dr. Pauline Gracia Beery Mack was born 19 December 1891, in Norborne, Missouri. In 1913 she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri and chaired science departments in three Missouri high schools before attending Columbia University where she received a master's degree in 1919. That year, she joined the Penn State faculty, completing her Ph.D. in 1932. In 1923 she married botanist Warren Bryan Mack who later became head of Penn State's Department of Horticulture.Mack was renowned as a pioneer researcher in the application of chemistry to study foods and textiles. She established and directed the Pennsylvania Mass Studies in Human Nutrition in 1935. She also directed child growth research projects in cooperation with the medical schools of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Brussels, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1941, she assumed leadership of the Ellen H. Richards Institute for Research in Foods, Shelter, and Clothing at Penn State. During WWII, Mack was enlisted to do research on the effects of calcium for the American army, receiving the Garvan Medal, a highly prestigious award administered by the American Chemistry Society, for her groundbreaking research on bone density.In 1952, Mack assumed the position of full-time dean and director of research at the Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas. She transformed the small arts college into a competitive research facility, equipped with laboratories for research in X-ray technology, radiographic bone densitometry, electron microscopy, bio-nutrition, and bioscience. In 1962, after ten years as dean, Mack retired to focus on research and lead the college's research foundation. She received research grants from NASA to develop special diets to minimize bone demineralization for the Gemini and Apollo astronauts. She was the first woman to receive the astronauts' Silver Snoopy award for professional excellence.Dr. Mack held fellowships in the American Institute for Chemists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Public Health Association. She was elected to the Society of Chemical industry in Great Britain and, in 1958, to the Royal Society of Health. She wrote Chemistry Applied to Home and Economy (1926) and Stuff-The Science of Materials in the Service of Man (1936), as well as more than 200 scientific papers. She received the Piper Professor Award in 1959 and continued to direct the research foundation at the Texas Woman's Society until 1973. She died in 1974 in Denton, Texas, at the age of 83 and was buried in State College, Pennsylvania.

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