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Chapter 26 : Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist

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Beatrix Potter, the well-known children’s author and illustrator, is most associated with the famous Peter Rabbit books. What many don’t realize is that she was also a scientist, using her artistic abilities to draw and document numerous types of flora and fauna, including a variety of fungi. She made many detailed reports and was one of the first mycologists to successfully culture and grow fungi from spores. It took many years for her contributions in this arena of microbiology to be recognized, but her impact is undeniable.

Citation: Goldschmidt M. 2018. Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist, p 237-242. In Whitaker R, Barton H (ed), Women in Microbiology. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819545.ch26
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A young Beatrix Potter (age 15) holding her dog, Spot.

Citation: Goldschmidt M. 2018. Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist, p 237-242. In Whitaker R, Barton H (ed), Women in Microbiology. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819545.ch26
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An illustration of the freckled dapperling (now more commonly known as or ) by Beatrix Potter. Courtesy of the Armitt Museum and Library, with permission.

Citation: Goldschmidt M. 2018. Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist, p 237-242. In Whitaker R, Barton H (ed), Women in Microbiology. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819545.ch26
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A photo of Beatrix Potter from 1913.

Citation: Goldschmidt M. 2018. Beatrix Potter: An Early Mycologist, p 237-242. In Whitaker R, Barton H (ed), Women in Microbiology. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819545.ch26
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