Floy Agnes "Aggie" Lee (1922-2018)

Santa Clara Pueblo
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Floy Agnes "Aggie" Lee was a biologist and member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Lee originally aspired to join the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) after graduating from the University of New Mexico. Unfortunately, the program was disbanded shortly before she would have started. Instead, Lee went to work on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Los Alamos, Lee worked as a hematologist drawing and testing blood of scientists who had been exposed to large quantities of radiation. Here, Lee conducted research on the impact of exposure to radiaton on blood cells.

After the war, Lee moved to Chicago where she worked at the Chicago Met Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Lee conducted pioneering research on cancer and ratiation biology. In Chicago, she earned her PhD from the University of Chicago. Lee eventually returned to Los Alamos where she worked in the Mammalian Biology Group as a radiobiologist. Throughout her career, Lee was a strong advocate for STEM education and helped found the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Floy Agnes Lee, "Floy Agnes Lee's Interview" interview by Cindy Kelly, Voices of the Manhattan Project, Atomic Heritage Foundation (2017) https://www.manhattanprojectvoices.org/oral-histories/floy-agnes-lees-i…;

"In Memoriam: Floy Agnes Lee," Atomic Heritage Foundation (2018), https://www.atomicheritage.org/article/memoriam-floy-agnes-lee