Mary Inda Hussey

Born in Ohio in 1876, Mary Inda Hussey received her B.A. from Earlham College and went on to graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College where she concentrated her studies in Assyriology and cuneiform from 1901 to 1903. (Being a devout and active Quaker, throughout her life she was an active member of the Society of Friends and was a pacifist.) She then went to the University of Berlin and the University of Leipzig where she studied Semitic languages, including Arabic, Egyptian, and Hebrew. In 1907 she taught at Wellesley College for two years. During this time she was recognized as an outstanding women scholar by women’s academic organizations. From 1911 to 1913 she worked at the Harvard Semitic Museum, and from there went to Mount Holyoke College to teach where she became an Associate Professor in 1914 to 1917 and taught a wide range of courses, but her interests were always engaged with cuneiform Babylonian incantation and ritual texts. In 1931-1932 she was the Annual Professor at the American Center for Oriental Research in Jerusalem where she also taught. While in Jerusalem she traveled extensively in Iraq. On her return voyage to the United States she traveled in India, China, Siberia and Russia. In 1941 she retired from Mount Holyoke College, thereafter to teach at Wellesley College. Continuing her work on the Yale Collection of Babylonian tablets, she passed away in 1952 from a heart attack.

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