Isabella Abbot, the first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, was an ethnobotanist and university professor. During her career, she was credited with discovering more than 200 species and received awards from the National Academy of Sciences and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. She passed away in 2010. 

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Born:  1919

Hometown: Hana, Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands

Educational Degrees: PhD in Botany, University of California Berkeley

Occupation: Retired University professor

Expeditions: To the Pacific and Caribbean Islands

Favorite Place to Be: Near the ocean or on the mountaintops of the Hawaiian Islands

Best Discovery: Discovering the world of marine algae

Favorite Item to Have in the Field: Chisel, snorkel, plastic bags

Personal Hero: My husband, Donald Putnam Abbott

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening

Advice: Be happy!










Invasive algae clean up honors Isabella Abbott, June 2016

Isabella Abbott, world-renowned Stanford algae expert, dies at 91, December 2010

Pioneering professor is first lady of limu, October 2010