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