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Alice Augusta Ball

Ball.jpg​​Alice Augusta Ball (July 24, 1892-December 31, 1916) was born in Seattle, Washington. She was an American chemist who developed the "Ball Method", the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century.  She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master's degree from the University of Hawaii, and was also the university's first female and African American chemistry professor. Ball died at age 24. She had become ill during her research and returned to Seattle for treatment a few months before her death. On November 6, 2020, a satellite named after her (ÑuSat 9 or "Alice", COSPAR 2020-079A) was launched into space.