Maria Skalinska(1890-1977), Botanist
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After studying natural sciences at the University of Bern in Switzerland, Skalinska taught biology in schools before becoming an assistant at a genetic station in Warsaw. By 1920 she had become the assistant professor at the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding at Warsaw University. She relocated to London, where she would remain following the outbreak of World War II, contributing to research on the evolutionary changes of species at Kew Gardens. On her return to Poland she began teaching at the Jagiellonian University and became the head of plant anatomy and cytology. In 1955, she discovered a new species of Grass Poa nobilis in the Tatra mountain range between Poland and Slovakia.