Alice Ball
Alice is able to absorb any natural material or compound.
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When Alice was a girl she became fascinated with chemistry. One day in her parents photography studio, while she was treating the silver-plated copper with fumes, the chemicals surrounded her and she was passed out. When she awoke she found she could absorb any natural material.
The background of this drawing is Homolulu. In 1915 she became the first woman and first African American to graduate with a master's degree from the College of Hawaii.
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Alice and her family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1903.
Alice created an ester compound which became the preferred treatment for leprosy until the 1940s.
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Alice died age 24. A 1917 article suggested that the cause may have been Chlorine poisoning due to exposure while teaching.
The bubble Alice is in represents one of the side effects of chaulmoogra oil injections. The oil would clump under the skin and form blisters in perfect rows that made it look like bubble wrap. Alice's developed a technique to make the oil injectable and absorbable by the body limiting these side effects.
Born: 1892
Died: 1916
Occupation: Chemist
Alice was born in Seattle, USA in 1892. Her love of chemistry is said to have come from her grandfather.
Alice Augusta Ball
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He was photographer and worked with mercury vapors and iodine sensitized silver plates to develop photos. Alice studied chemistry at the University of Washington. After graduating she decided to study for a master's degree in chemistry at the College of Hawaii. She researched chaulmoogra oil and its use in the treatment of leprosy and developed a much more effective injectable form. In 1915 she became the first woman and first Black American to graduate with a master's degree from the College of Hawaii.
Unfortunately, Alice died a year later, at age 24. She had become ill during her research. Due to her untimely death she was unable to publish her findings and Arthur L. Dean stole her work and began producing large quantities of the injectable chaulmoogra extract. It was not until years later that Ball was credited for her work.
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The Ball Method (2020) tells the little-known story of Alice Ball and was released in May 2020.
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After her death, Arthur L. Dean continued her work but never credited Alice for the discovery. We might never have known about her except for a mention in a 1922 medical journal, in which an author makes it plain that Ball created the chaulmoogra solution, referring to it as the "Ball Method."
Alice was the first woman to earn a master's degree in chemistry from the university of Hawaii.
Alice's grandfather was famous photographer James Presley Ball, her mother was also a photographer.
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