|Birth||February 26, 1929|
|1950||B.S., Chelsea College, University of London|
|1951||M.A., Bryn Mawr|
|1952-53||Associate Chemist, Fulmer Research Institute, England|
|1956||Ph.D., Bryn Mawr|
|1956-64||A Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology|
|1957||Married Frederick Caserio|
|1965-90|| Assistant Professor (then Professor) of Chemistry,|
University of California, Irvine
|1975||Garvan Medal, American Chemical Society|
|1975-76||John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow|
|1990-95|| Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of|
California, San Diego
|1995-96||Interim Chancellor, University of California, San Diego|
Marjorie Caserio has had a distinguished career as a researcher, educator, author, and academic administrator. Born in London, England, in 1929, Caserio was 15 years old when she entered Chelsea Polytechnic (now Chelsea College) of the University of London, where originally she planned to study podiatry. "It was not a glorious beginning as a scientist," says Caserio, "but a pragmatic approach to receive training as quickly as possible to begin generating an income."1 These were war years, after all, and hard times deprived young people of the luxury of growing up slowly. Caserio's last year of high school was spent in a bomb shelter, a bleak experience from which she "learned nothing." She left school knowing only that she did not want to be a secretary and enter "a holding pattern until marriage," but instead wanted the career options a university degree could provide.
The choice to pursue her education was not made easy for Caserio. She received a number of rejections from colleges because she was female and because spaces were reserved for former servicemen returning from the war effort. "This treatment was not prejudicial," explains Caserio, "but simply the mores of the time." Her spirit of determination is evident
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Publication information: Book title: Notable Women in the Physical Sciences:A Biographical Dictionary. Contributors: Benjamin F. Shearer - Editor, Barbara S. Shearer - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 46.
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