Louise Pearce was born on March 3rd, 1885 in Winchester, MA. Pearce started to break the mold of women's roles of her time by graduating from Stanford with a degree in physiology in 1907. She attended Boston University School of Medicine and two years later transferred to John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Her research in collaboration with pathologist Wade Hampton Brown developed a cure for sleeping sickness in 1919. Pearce spent her last years with author Ida A. R. Wylie in their home, Trevanna Farm, in Skillmann, NJ.
Read the National Institute of Health's biography of Pearce.