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Ethel Eva Widdowson Biography

By Morgan Reich and Natalia Trimarchi

Natalia Trimarchi

on 20 February 2013

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By Morgan Reich and Natalia Trimarchi Ethel Eva Widdowson Biography Early Life Sources Ethel Eva Widdowson was born in London on June
21, 1912. She grew up in Dulwich, London and
attended school at Sydenham School in Kent. Eva had an older sister named Elsie, and they both loved to do puzzles and handicraft things, like knitting. She was a very humble and reserved person, and loved to read. Eva received her PhD in nuclear physics from London University in 1938. Nuclear physics is the study of the structure, forces, and behavior of the atomic nucleus. Adulthood Because of her motivation to learn more about bees, Eva traveled to more than 60 countries between 1950 and 1990, where she made many discoveries. From these countries she scavenged a large amount of beekeeping artifacts that help make up the IBRA historical collection. Eva also was awarded a doctorate from Ohio State University (even though she did not attend the school) in 1986. Eva Crane died on September 6, 2007 at age 95. Her contributions impacted the research of beekeeping tremendously, and in a good way. Eva didn't just do her job; she went beyond that by going out into the world and making herself known by being motivated to learn more. Beekeeping may not be the most exciting field of science, but Eva Crane loved it and her many accomplishments proved it. We applaud her for all the work that she's done and hope that one day we will be able to have the same work ethic as her. Conclusion 1. Jones, Richard. "Eva Crane." The Guardian. N. p.,4 Oct. 2007. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.guardian.c.uk/news/2007/oct/05/guardianobituaries.obituaries>.
2. Unknown, Unknown. "South London Guide." East Dulwich Guide. N.p.,2010. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.soutlondonguide.co.uk/eastdulwich/history.htm>.
3. Hoppenhaus, Kersin. "The Viable Blog." The World Histoy of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting. N. p., 31 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.theviable.de/2011/10/31/the-world-history-of-beekeeping-and-honey-hunting/#more>.
4. Jones, Richard, and Tony Gruba. Eva Crane: Bee Scientist 1912-2007. Ed. Penelope Walker and Richard Jones. Cardiff, UK: International Bee Research Association, 2008. 18 Feb. 2013 <http://books.google.com/books?id=6GwZ2ZkADL4Cz&pg=PA68&lpg+pa68&dq=eva+crane+biography&sorce=bl&ots=mksnkbvyHC&sig=NGUNzOEUp7AleAmorkmwYaLcWn0&hl=en&sa=X&el=PrAlUc7XOZDU8wSB94Ag&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=eva%20crane%20biography&f=false>
5. Unknown, Unknown. "Swindon Viewspoint." Back Lane, Little London 1912. N.p.,2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/content/back-lane-little-london-1912>.
6. Unknown. "Honey Flow Farm." 2009 Michigan Beekeepers' Association Calendar. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.honeyflowfarm.com/articles/mba- calendars/2009/jan-feb.php>. Her Career
Ethel married James Alfred Crane in July 1942, causing her to change her name to Eva Crane, and at the wedding they received the gift of bees. The purpose was to provide honey, which was needed with the shortage of sugar. The bees fascinated Ethel, and she was motivated to learn more about the species. With this new obsession, she left the nuclear physics field and instead became a honeybee researcher. She became a member of British Beekeepers Association and later founded the Bee Research Association in 1949. London Dulwich Obstacles As a child, Eva was very sick because she had an abscess. An abscess is a swollen area of body tissue filled with pus. She had 2 x-ray treatments, but they left a large scar. She had to miss school often because of her illness, so most of her learning was self-taught at home. However, she worked hard and in return, received excellent grades, especially in math classes.
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