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Alice M. Boring: a pioneer in the study of Chinese amphibians and reptiles.

Zheng S - Protein Cell (2015)

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Affiliation: Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China, zhengshu@ihns.ac.cn.

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Alice Middleton Boring (博爱理, 1883–1955) was an American biologist and herpetologist who spent much of her academic life in China... Boring received her Ph.D. in 1910 from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied under biologists including Thomas Hunt Morgan and Nettie M... Although originally trained and worked in the field of genetics and cytology, Boring’s academic interest shifted to taxonomy and distribution of reptiles and amphibians during her stay in China... The variety of Chinese herpetofauna offered her an exciting research field, where she worked and published with biologists Nathaniel Gist Gee, Clifford H... Pope and Hu jingfu, as well as her students... In order to collect specimens, Boring had expeditions in different parts of China, such as Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui, etc... Boring’s hard work yielded substantial results... Boring’s students made outstanding contributions to medicine and biology in China and abroad... Liu once discovered a new species of toad in Sichuan Province in China, and named it Vibrissaphora boringii, to express his enormous gratitude to Boring (Yenching Institute ; Fig. 3) It’s noteworthy that Boring’s life and career in China had always been challenged by the unstable social environment and inconvenient material condition... She had to stay in an internment camp before she was forced to leave China due to the war between America and Japan in 1943... She returned to China as soon as the chaos was over... There were reasons why she felt so “belong here” as she wrote to her family... Apart from her friendship with colleagues and students in China, her willing to fulfill herself by helping Chinese people with scientific knowledge transcended material hardship.

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Mentions: Apart from research, teaching was always Boring’s primary work in China. Her students described her as both strict and warm. She asked for very high standards when it came to laboratory operation and academic study. Behind her tough façade, she cared about her students warm-heartedly. She insisted to have dinner with every biology student at her house at least once a year. In order to prepare her students to study abroad, she would personally teach them western table manners (Ogilvie et al. 1999, p. 125). Boring’s students made outstanding contributions to medicine and biology in China and abroad. One of them is Liu Chengzhao (刘承钊, 1900–1976), who is considered to be a founder of Chinese herpetology. Liu once discovered a new species of toad in Sichuan Province in China, and named it Vibrissaphora boringii, to express his enormous gratitude to Boring (Yenching Institute 2001; Fig. 3)


Alice M. Boring: a pioneer in the study of Chinese amphibians and reptiles.

Zheng S - Protein Cell (2015)

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Mentions: Apart from research, teaching was always Boring’s primary work in China. Her students described her as both strict and warm. She asked for very high standards when it came to laboratory operation and academic study. Behind her tough façade, she cared about her students warm-heartedly. She insisted to have dinner with every biology student at her house at least once a year. In order to prepare her students to study abroad, she would personally teach them western table manners (Ogilvie et al. 1999, p. 125). Boring’s students made outstanding contributions to medicine and biology in China and abroad. One of them is Liu Chengzhao (刘承钊, 1900–1976), who is considered to be a founder of Chinese herpetology. Liu once discovered a new species of toad in Sichuan Province in China, and named it Vibrissaphora boringii, to express his enormous gratitude to Boring (Yenching Institute 2001; Fig. 3)

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Affiliation: Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China, zhengshu@ihns.ac.cn.

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Alice Middleton Boring (博爱理, 1883–1955) was an American biologist and herpetologist who spent much of her academic life in China... Boring received her Ph.D. in 1910 from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied under biologists including Thomas Hunt Morgan and Nettie M... Although originally trained and worked in the field of genetics and cytology, Boring’s academic interest shifted to taxonomy and distribution of reptiles and amphibians during her stay in China... The variety of Chinese herpetofauna offered her an exciting research field, where she worked and published with biologists Nathaniel Gist Gee, Clifford H... Pope and Hu jingfu, as well as her students... In order to collect specimens, Boring had expeditions in different parts of China, such as Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui, etc... Boring’s hard work yielded substantial results... Boring’s students made outstanding contributions to medicine and biology in China and abroad... Liu once discovered a new species of toad in Sichuan Province in China, and named it Vibrissaphora boringii, to express his enormous gratitude to Boring (Yenching Institute ; Fig. 3) It’s noteworthy that Boring’s life and career in China had always been challenged by the unstable social environment and inconvenient material condition... She had to stay in an internment camp before she was forced to leave China due to the war between America and Japan in 1943... She returned to China as soon as the chaos was over... There were reasons why she felt so “belong here” as she wrote to her family... Apart from her friendship with colleagues and students in China, her willing to fulfill herself by helping Chinese people with scientific knowledge transcended material hardship.

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