DR. RUTH PATRICK, CLASS OF 1929, IS COKER COLLEGE'S ALUMNA OF THE CENTURY. SHE IS ONE OF THE 20th CENTURY'S PREEMINENT SCIENTISTS AND A PIONEER IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND AQUATIC ECOLOGY.
  • Proved that biological diversity holds the key to understanding environmental problems
  • The Patrick Principle is the basis for all environmental science and management.
  • Champion for environmental protection for seven decades
  • Area of expertise: diatoms — microscopic aquatic organisms
  • B.S. in biology, Coker College, 1929
  • Ph.D. in botany, University of Virginia, 1934
  • Founder, Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1947
  • Advisor on environmental issues for three Presidents
  • of the United States
  • First woman elected to DuPont’s Board of Directors
  • Former Chairman, National Academy of Sciences Section on Population Biology, Evolution and Ecology
  • Former Member, Environmental Protection Agency Executive Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, World Wildlife Fund National Council
  • Former Member, Nature Conservancy Board of Governors
  • Former President, American Society of Naturalists
  • National Medal of Science winner, 1996
  • Recipient of more than 40 professional honors and awards
  • Awarded honorary doctorates from 25 colleges and universities including Coker College
  • Authored over 190 professional publications
  • Featured in UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers 1760-2007, an exhibition at the American Philosophical Society (June 22, 2007 through December 28, 2008)
  • Served on the Coker College Board of Trustees, 1941 to 1973
  • Coker College Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award, 1977
  • Celebrated her 100th birthday in November 2007