The first woman to publish a paper in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America may be the most famous woman ever to have been a member of the Seismological Society of America: Lou Henry Hoover, who went on to become the First Lady of the United States. Because Lou Henry's father had wanted her to be a boy, he gave his daughter a boy's name and, at least in some ways, a boy's upbringing. He took her camping in the hills of Southern California, where she developed an enthusiasm for rocks, minerals, and mining. She loved spending time...

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