Isabella Abbot

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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Years: 1919 – 2010

Hometown: Hana, Maui Island, Hawaiian Islands

Education: Ph.D. in Botany

Occupation: Marine botanist

Expeditions: To the Pacific and Caribbean

Islands Favorite Places To Be: Near the ocean or on the mountaintops of the Hawaiian Islands

Best Discovery: Discovering the world of marine algae

Favorite Items In The Field: Chisel, snorkel,plastic bags

Personal Hero: My husband, Donald Putnam Abbott

Hobbies: Cooking and gardening

Advice: Be happy!