Christensen, Martha

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Christensen, Martha Gender: F
born on 4 January 1932 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Ames, Iowa, 42n02, 93w37
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 13°24' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 04°33 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 15°25'

Martha Christensen ("Aspergillus christenseniae" growing on MEAOX plate)


American mycologist, botanist and educator known as an expert in fungal taxonomy and ecology, particularly for soil-dwelling fungi in the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium.

Christensen received her B.S. degree in 1953 from the University of Nebraska, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in botany from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was hired as the first female faculty member in the Department of Botany at the University of Wyoming in 1963.

She served as president of the Mycological Society of America from 1987–1988, and received the organization's William A. Weston Award in teaching excellence in 1991.

Dr. Martha Christensen died on 19 March 2017 at age 85 in Madison, Wisconsin. The species Penicillium christenseniae, Penicillium marthae-christenseniae, and Aspergillus christenseniae were named in her honor.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BS, MS, PhD)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc.
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Mycologist, botanist)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field