Biography - Clara Brink Shoemaker (1921 - 2009)

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Clara Shoemaker 

After her Ph.D. (1946) at the University of Utrecht, Clara Brink Shoemaker learned crystallography from Caroline MacGillavry; later she spent a year with Dorothy Hodgkin working on the vitamin B12 project. In order to study transition metal ions she moved to the laboratory of David Shoemaker at M.I.T. After they were married, she continued in crystallography with Barbara Low at Harvard Medical school. In 1970 she and David relocated to Oregon State University where they collaborated until their retirement in 1984 and afterwards. They published important papers on the structure of transition metal ions, the packing of the ions and the interstices between them. See here for more information.