Danuta Hornig Bois

"A web presence among women"

Danuta Bois, born in Poland in 1952 has become a great force of learning among many women on the WEB. Danuta immigrated to New York with her family in 1965, where all but Danuta still live. After High School, Danuta went on to attend the City College of New York, receiving a B.S. in chemistry in 1976. As a research technician at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, she applied to, and was accepted in, the graduate program there 2 years later. In 1982, Danuta received her M.S. degree in cell biology. At the same time, the lab where she was working moved its quarters to Boston and she met William Bois, who she subsequently fell in love with and married in 1983. In March 1985, Bill and Danuta had a son, Adam. Not wanting to miss out on raising him, Danuta stayed at home and enjoyed the years that she could until he began school.

In 1989, the Bois family moved to Sarasota, Florida, where Danuta, who loves the year-round sunshine, worked at Mote Marine Laboratory. She presently works for the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, (a part of the University of Florida) where she is a biologist who specializes in DNA research. In the summer of 1997, it was she who identified the tomato virus "TYLCV" that arrived in the states VIA a tomato from the Caribbean. This writer believes that Danuta has great things in store for the world.

Danuta also has an interest in computing and has a WEB site called
"Distinguished Women of Past and Present." That WEB site has become quite popular among those who participate in the "Sphinx" at Momsonline. (see my home page for more info on this) Danuta said "I was shocked when I realized that there were so many women whose accomplishments never got mentioned in history books." She recalled men wondering why women hadn't accomplished anything if they were "so smart." With that, she began searching. "I knew that it wasn't because women were intellectually inferior to men, I knew better than that." She began placing all she could find on her WEB site. A site which has now grown to include hundreds of women who HAVE accomplished much. Three of her favorite women are Marie Curie, Alice Hamilton, and Barbara McClintock.

Sung of Danuta once by a "Sphinxaholic" (I don't recall the identity-please e-mail me if it was you), "Danuta, Danuta, I love you Danuta -- You're only a click away!"

Danuta Bois

"But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all -- it is very tiresome."

-- Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1817)

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