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Florence VAN STRATEN

American Florence VAN STRATEN

born Florence Wilhelmina VAN STRATEN

American aerological engineer known for advancing the science of naval meteorology during and after World War II

Source :  Dominique PAPIN

Born: in 1913 in Darien, Connecticut, United States
Died: on March 25, 1992 in Bethesda, Maryland, United States


Biography

Van Straten was born in 1913 in Darien, Connecticut, the daughter of Dutch immigrants. Her mother spoke six languages and was the highest paid officer in the Netherlands before she came over to the United States. Jacques van Straten, her father, worked for the world-famous movie company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with its main offices located in New York City. His work for MGM often took him to foreign countries, which gave her the opportunity to travel. She spent a school year abroad, in Nice, France, where she improved her French. She was already as proficient in Dutch, German, Italian, and Spanish. Van Straten had initially wanted to be a writer, but enrolled in New York University and earned her degree in Chemistry instead.

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