Q&A: Who was the first woman to earn a Stanford Ph.D.?
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 14:08.
Question: Who was the first woman to receive a PhD from Stanford?
Two women shared this distinction in 1896: Mary Roberts Smith (who went on to join the Sociology faculty at Stanford) and Kathryne Janette Wilson
This information was located in Stanford’s Annual Commencement Order of Exercises, which lists the names of graduates and the degrees they earned. Print copies are available in the University Archives. The Orders of Exercises for 1948-2001 are available online via Stanford University Publications.
Answer provided by Aimee Morgan, Assistant University Archivist