Oral history interview with Mary K. Gall

Oral history interview with Mary K. Gall

  • 2012-Mar-26 (First session)
  • 2012-Mar-27 (Second session)

Mary K. Gall matriculated at Vassar College. Originally she was interesed in bacteriology, but she decided to major in chemistry. She felt she did not have enough 'drive' for medical school, and she always wanted to be a lab person, not an academic, a view confirmed by jobs she was given in the chemistry lab. During the interview Gall discusses changes she has seen in the chemistry field, particulary, and in science generally, especially changes for women. She highlights the need for a PhD and tenure obstacles for women.

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Place of interview
  • 71 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

About the Interviewer

Hilary Domush was a Program Associate in the Center for Oral History at CHF from 2007–2015. Previously, she earned a BS in chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2003.  She then completed an MS in chemistry and an MA in history of science both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her graduate work in the history of science focused on early nineteenth-century chemistry in the city of Edinburgh, while her work in the chemistry was in a total synthesis laboratory.  At CHF, she worked on projects such as the Pew Biomedical Scholars, Women in Chemistry, Atmospheric Science, and Catalysis.

Physical location

Oral history number 0695

Interviewee biographical information

  • 1922
  • New York City, New York, United States

Professional Experience

Hayden Chemicals

University of Pennsylvania. School of Medicine

McNeil Laboratories

Rohm and Haas Company

Mobil Research Laboratories

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The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

Complete Interview Audio File Web-quality download

4 Separate Interview Segments Archival-quality downloads