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Birthplace of Hedwig T. Kniker

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Brenham, TX, USA
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     (November 13, 1891 - October 12, 1985) Born in Gay Hill, Hedwig Thusnelda Kniker was the child of the second minister of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Kniker graduated from the University of Texas in 1916 with degrees in German, psychology and geology. Her graduate work included a master's program and research at the University of Texas and further studies in the northeast and midwest. Her professional career began in 1920. Kniker worked for Texaco in Houston, Phillips Petroleum in San Angelo and United Geophysical Company in Chile. She retired to Seguin in 1950, remaining active as a consultant and writer. A renowned paleontologist and geologist in a time when few women entered these fields, Hedwig T. Kniker left a scientific legacy and carved a path for professional women throughout the world. (1999)

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