This collection comprises the professional papers of Jean H. Langenheim, including correspondence, notes, photographs, slides,
and publications related to her research, teaching, and other professional activities. Also included are correspondence, photographs,
and other materials related to her family, childhood, and early education.
Jean H. Langenheim is a plant ecologist and educator based in Santa Cruz, California. She was born in 1925 in Homer, Louisiana
to Jeanette Smith and Vergil Wilson Harmon. She graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1943, and earned a BS in biology
from the University of Tulsa in 1946. Langenheim earned an MS in 1949 and PhD in 1953, both in botany from the University
of Minnesota. After coming to the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1966, she studied the evolution of resins as amber
and the chemical ecology of resin-producing trees, particularly in the tropics. The first woman to be promoted to full professor
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Langenheim was also the first female faculty member in the natural sciences at
UCSC, and the first woman to be chosen to be a UCSC faculty research lecturer.
22 Linear Feet
49 document boxes, 2 flats
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