Sarah Clevenger, Ph.D.

Sarah Clevenger

Title: Botanist, Professor Emerita
Company: Indiana State University
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Sarah Clevenger, Ph.D., botanist and Professor Emerita at Indiana State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in botanical science. Much of her work was done at a time when women were not accepted as equals in science.

Utilizing more than 35 years of university teaching and research experience, Dr. Clevenger most recently served as a professor at Indiana State University from 1978 until attaining emerita status in 1985, a title she still holds today. Prior to this appointment, she was an assistant and associate professor at the university between 1963 and 1978, having previously served as an assistant professor at such academic institutions as Eastern Illinois University, Wittenberg University and Berea College between 1957 and 1961. She commenced her career as a science teacher at the Radford School and Hillsdale School beginning in 1949.

Dr. Clevenger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bacteriology from Miami University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology from the Department of Botany of Indiana University. She is renowned for being the first to isolate and name the flower pigment Aurantinidin, a yellow flower pigment. As a woman in science, when equal opportunity was still a dream, she designed and built a totally automatic greenhouse which required only the weekly filling of the water reservoir. In this greenhouse, she maintained her research plants which she imported from various botanical gardens in Europe, Asia and Africa. She was fortunate to be able to use the research laboratories at Indiana University when she taught summer school there.

As a former member of the American Institute for Biological Science and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, Dr. Clevenger is proud of being an outside examiner for Ph.D. dissertations in Canada and India. In recognition of her exceptional undertakings, she has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

Selected Publications:

Clevenger, S., “A New Anthocyanidin in Impatiens”, Can. J. Bot. 42: 154-155. 1964..

Clevenger, S., “Flower Pigments”, Sci. Amer. June 1964:84-92.

Heiser, C. B., D. Smith, S. Clevenger and W. Martin, “The North American Sunflowers    (Helianthus)”, Torrey Bot. Soc. Memoirs. 22:1-218. 1969.

Clevenger, S., “Countercurrent Distribution for making Committee Decisions”, Nature.                 222:932-933. 1969.

Clevenger, S., “Anthocyanidins of Some Impatiens Species”, Evolution, 25:669-677. 1971.

Clevenger, S., “A Technique for the Analysis of Epistatic Gene Action.”

             “I. The Method of Analysis”, Amer. J. Bot. 62:780-783. 1975.

 With Charles W. Hagen, Jr, “II. The Application of the Method”, Amer. J. Bot.


Clevenger, S. “The Vital Records of Brown County, Indiana 1882-2000 “, AuthorHouse 2006.

       With P. Hoover and E. Gladding “Volume I. Births”, 268 pp., AuthorHouse 2006

       With P. Hoover, “Volume II. Death Records”, 304 pp., AuthorHouse, 2006

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