Frances Kelsey

Frances Kelsey

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  • July 24th 1914: Frances Kelsey is born to parents Katherine Stuart and Frank Oldham in Cobber Hill, Vancouver island,  British Columbia, Canada in a homestead of 30 acres which resulted in an appreciation for nature from a young age. 
  • She began school at an all-boys school called  Leinster preparatory school and then moved to Saint Margaret's School in Victoria and was boarded there.
  • She then took university courses at a undergraduate level at Victoria college ad studied Biology and Zoology. She studied science at McGill university and graduated with a bachelor of Science in 1934 when she was 20 years old.
  • Following this she studied Pharmacology at McGill and graduated in 1935. In 1936 she was accepted to the University of Chicago for a Phd in Pharmacology and was awarded her doctorate at the age of 24 in 1938.
  • From 1954-1957 she taught Pharamcology at the University of South Dakota and was a general practitioner there from 1957-1960.
  • In 1960 she moved to Washington DC and began a career at the food and drug administration where she became chief of the division of new drugs, director of scientific investigations and deputy for scientific and medical affairs, office of compliance
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