Alice Hamilton (1869-1970)
First female Harvard professor, pioneer in industrial medicine (Inducted 1994)
Dr. Alice Hamilton specialized in industrial toxicology and was the first female professor at Harvard Medical School. She became director of the Occupational Disease Commission when it was created by the governor of Illinois in 1910. In 1919, Dr. Hamilton became assistant professor of industrial medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Following her retirement in 1935, she became a consultant for the Division Of Labor Standards of the U.S. Labor Department. She retired at age 65 to Hadlyme, where she continued to be active as an advocate for social justice and occupational safety. She died just months before the passage of the landmark Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970. Hamilton's Hadlyme residence, built in the 18th century and known as the Isaac Spencer House, is located at 162 Ferry Road.
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