Alice Catherine Evans

By: Sarah Abdi

(January 29, 1881- September 05, 1975)

Alice went to Cornell University for a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. Shortly after, she accepted a job with the Department of Agriculture working in the Dairy Division Laboratories in Washington, D.C. Her first project was the study of bacteria in dairy products. It was Alice’s discovery that acknowledged the spread of the pasteurization movement.

In the beginning...

Her findings and recommendations were not taken seriously by other scientists because she was a woman and she didn’t have a PhD.


The United States government passed laws requiring that milk be pasteurized to prevent the disease.


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