Helen Kemp Porter(1899-1987), Biochemist
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Porter's research led to discoveries about the metabolism of plants through new techniques of chromatography which allowed living plant tissues to be studied. After studying at Imperial College London, Porter joined a research group at Cambridge University in 1922. They began investigating the cold storage of apples to better understand the effect of chemical reactions on their deterioration. In 1931, her research took her to the Rothamstead Experimental Laboratories to research carbohydrate metabolism in monocotyledon such as barley. In 1956 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1959 became head of the plant physiology at Imperial College, the university's first female professor.