Ellen D. Grass

Ellen D. Grass

Founder

Start Year: 
1951
Institution: 
Grass Instruments Company
Current Institution: 
Grass Instruments Company

A founder, former President, and Trustee Emeritus of The Grass Foundation, Ellen Grass, died 6/14/01 in Quincy, Massachusetts. She is survived by Robert Grass of Weymouth and Dr. Henry Grass of Banks, Oregon and by five grandchildren. Donations in Ellen's memory may be made to the American Epilepsy Society, 342 N Main St. W. Hartford, Ct.,06117-2507.

Ellen Harriet Robinson (1914-2001) was born in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1914. She received her A. B. degree in Biology from Radcliffe College in 1935. She conducted research on audition at Harvard University with Morgan "Kelly" Upton and received a Masters degree from Radcliffe College in 1936. On the recommendation of Upton, she decided to immerse herself in "a broader field of brain function" and began work on the physiology of audition in Hallowell Davis's laboratory in the Department of Physiology of Harvard Medical School in the fall of 1935. She was supported by a Porter Fellowship (1935-1936) in Physiology for the American Physiological Society. Ellen continued as a Ph. D. candidate working with the noted physiological psychologist, Karl Spencer Lashley, in the Department of Biology at Harvard University. She began work on recording from the auditory cortex of rabbits but then decided not to continue in order to devote herself "to motherhood and doing whatever I could to help Albert provide equipment to a growing number of scientists". Albert Grass and Ellen Robinson met in the fall of 1935 and were married on June 28, 1936. 

Read more on her influence on EEG and Epilepsy in this article by Dr. Tom Pedley.

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