Marie Maynard Daly

First African American Women To Get A PhD in Chemistry

Early Life

Marie Maynard Daly was born on April 16th 1921, to Helen Page Daly and Ivan C. Dlay in Queens, New York, in the United States. She was an only child.

Marie grew up in a very educated oriented home and attended Hunter College High School, an all girls school.


Marie quickly received her B.S. (Bachelors of Science) in 1942 from Queens College and M.S. (Masters of Science) in 1943 from New York University, both in Chemistry. Marie enrolled at Columbia University as a doctoral student in 1944 and then landed a grant in 1948 from the American Cancer Society where she examined how proteins are constructed in the human body. She then returned to Colombia University in 1955 working with Dr. Quintin B deeming causes of heart attacks. The work was relocated to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the work was disclosed between high cholesterol and clogged arteries.

Later Life

Marie was later married in 1961 to Vincent Clark. She didn't have any children. On October 28th, 2003, Marie passed away