Dr. Patrick is fourth from the left
She was an Environmental Scientist working eight decades at the Academy of Natural Sciences on 19th and the Parkway in Philadelphia. She was called “The den mother of ecology” by the Harvard University biologist, E. O. Wilson.
What did she do? Well, she was the nation’s authority on river systems and had devised a model called the “Patrick Principle”, which was used to gauge the health of a body of water. She was an activist and an authority on diatoms.
She was a petite woman who received
the National Medal of Science form President Clinton in 1996. You can go on
line and learn about her many accomplishments, but I wanted to talk about the
Dr. Ruth Patrick that the staff at the Academy grew to love and respect.