Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau

Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau (1911 - 11 January 2000) was a chemical engineer who designed the first commercial penicillin production plant. She was also the first female member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Margaret Hutchinson was born in 1911 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a clothing store owner, and married William C. Rousseau (a co-worker, who was later a chemical engineering lecturer at MIT). They had one son. She received her BS from Rice Institute in 1932 and her Sc.D in chemical engineering from MIT in 1937, the first woman to earn a doctorate in the subject in the USA. She died 12 January 2000 at her home in Weston, Massachusetts. She started her professional career with E. B. Badger (where she met her husband to be) and during the Second World War she oversaw the design of production plants for the stragically important materials of penicillin and synthetic rubber. She also worked on the development of high-octane gasoline for aviation fuel. Her later work included improved distillation column design and plants for the production of ethylene glycol and glacial acetic acid.

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January 11th, 2000 at age of 89


1. Rice University Colleges/University

William Marsh Rice University, commonly referred to as Rice University or Rice, is a private research university located on a heavily wooded 295-acre (1.19 km) campus in Houston, Texas, United States. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.

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Type University
2013. 4.9 bil. $
2012. 4.45 bil. $
2011. 4.1 bil. $
2010. 3.79 bil. $
Institution colors
September 23rd, 1912
440 Allen Center–MS1, 77005 - Houston, Texas
2013. 3,965
2010. 3,529
2009. 3,342
2006. 2,995
2013. 2,663
2010. 2,350
2006. 2,013
Acceptance rate
2014. 14.0 %
2013. 17.0 %
2012. 17.0 %
2011. 19.0 %
2010. 21.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 38.3 K $
2010. 33.1 K $
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