Chemist Alice Augusta Ball

Portrait of Alice Augusta Ball

Alice Augusta Ball was a chemist who developed a treatment for leprosy after becoming the first woman and African-American to graduate with a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. Her solution would last as the most effective treatment for more than a quarter-century.

Alice died young, at only 24, in 1916. But she left a lasting legacy.

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