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BELL, Muriel Emma, C.B.E.
A new biography of Bell, Muriel Emma appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.p>Muriel Emma Bell was born at Murchison, Nelson, on 4 January 1898. She was educated at Nelson Girls' College, Otago University, and University College, London. From 1922 to 1927 she lectured in physiology at Otago University. In 1933 she was assistant pathologist at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, London, and held a similar position at the Royal Infirmary, Sunderland, in the following year. From 1935 to 1940 she returned to her position at Otago University and in the latter year joined the Department of Health as a nutritionist. In addition to this position she was Director of the Nutrition Research Unit and a member of a number of statutory boards and professional associations. Dr Bell is a fellow of several professional societies, including the New Zealand Royal Society and the Royal Society of Medicine. In 1959 she was awarded the C.B.E. She retired from the Department of Health in 1963, and from the Nutrition Research Unit in 1964.