May 2013 Women's
Annie Alexander (1867–1950)
Paleontologist, Field Researcher
Born in Hawaii, Annie Montague Alexander moved to Oakland, California in 1883. There were certain social expectations of her because of her wealth and status. She defied them, travelling the world and exploring China, Java, Europe and Africa. Her travels sparked her interest in paleontology, and she became a field researcher for UC Berkeley Department of Paleontology. She funded and participated in fossil hunting expeditions. In 1920 she established the University of California Museum of Paleontology. In her lifetime she collected over 22,000 plant, animal and fossil specimens, 17 of which were named in her honor.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The May Women's History online calendar shines a spotlight on five remarkable women who achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo and biographical material are courtesy of the University of California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.