Three Astonishing Belles


From left to right: Gertrude Belle Elion, Belle da Costa Greene and Dido Elizabeth Belle. Unknown photographer via Wellcome Images/licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license; Paul César Helleu/public domain; Unidentified painter/public domain

This episode features three unique women, all of whom are notable in their own way. The two things they have in common: They each have a surprising aspect to their stories, and they each have the name Belle.

Tracy's Research:

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  • Academy of Achievement. “Gertrude B. Elion, M.Sc.” http://www.achievement.org/achiever/gertrude-elion/
  • Academy of Achievement. “Gertrude B. Elion, M.Sc.” http://www.achievement.org/achiever/gertrude-elion/
  • Morgan Library. “Belle da Costa Greene.” http://www.themorgan.org/about/pierpont-morgan-collector/5
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  • “Kenwood: The Story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.” English Heritage. Via YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgSe6IEed9w
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  • Diu, Nisha Lilia. “Dido Belle: Britain’s first black aristocrat.” The Telegraph. 7/6/2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/07/06/dido-belle-britains-first-black-aristocrat/
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Topics in this Podcast: women, biographies, black history, slavery, racism, medical history, art, Jewish history, 18th century, 20th century, LGBTQIA history, women in STEM