Dr. Margaret S. Collins

Dr. Margaret S. Collins was an entomologist and civil rights activist, who was famously known as “The Termite Lady.”

Degree(s): Biology, Zoology

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Undergraduate Institution:  West Virginia State University (HBCU)

Graduate Institution:  University of Chicago

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Dr. Margaret S. Collins was an entomologist and civil rights activist, who was commonly known as “The Termite Lady.” Upon earning her Ph.D. in 1950, she became the first Black female entomologist and third Black female zoologist. Her research specialized in termites of the Caribbean. Dr. Collins also held faculty positions at Howard University and Florida A&M University. She also worked for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Fun Fact: Dr. Collins was a passionate civil rights activist, speaking not only on science and equality, but also serving as a volunteer driver during bus boycotts.

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