Dorothy Helen Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── Milas Clark Hinshaw
                                                     │    1873-1955 
                         ┌── Horton Corwin Hinshaw ──┤
                         │    1902-2000              │
                         │                           └── Ida Letitia Bushong
                         │                                1881-1942 
Dorothy Helen Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1940                  │                           ┌── William Lane Youmans
                         │                           │
                         └── Dorothy Kate Youmans ───┤
                              1902-1994              │
                                                     └── Ellen M. Parry
M: Greg Patent

Dorothy Helen Hinshaw     [ID 08628] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Apr 30 1940, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota.1,2  

When she was nine years old, Dorothy's family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and Dorothy then grew up in Marin County, California.1  

Dorothy received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University (1962), and an M.A. (1965) and PhD. (1968) in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.1,3  

She married Greg Patent.4,5  Greg was a fellow student.1  


David Patent; married Amy Trachtenberg (son: Alexander Gabriel Patent, born May 17 2001).
Jason Patent; married Colette Plum.

For the first few years after graduate school Dorothy worked as a scientist - two years of post-doctoral work (Sinai Hospital, Detroit, MI, and Stazzione Zoologica, Naples, Italy) and later several years teaching part-time night school at the University of Montana and full-time on the faculty for six months.1  

Meanwhile, she began writing for children.  Dorothy has written over 100 books for children, published by more than a dozen publishers.  Her books have received the Golden Kite, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Eva Gordon Award, American Nature Study Society.3  Dorothy began her career writing science and nature books for children about 1974, when she and her husband, Greg, and their two young children, moved to Missoula, Montana from North Carolina.  Greg, who now writes regularly about food and cooking for the Missoulian and other publications, had gotten a job teaching zoology at the University of Montana.3,5  

See also:

Dorothy currently (1999) lives in Missoula, Montana.3  


Also see Dorothy's web site:

(photo)Photo: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 5


  1. Dorothy's web site:
  2. Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002;
  4. Contribution from Melissa Kay Hinshaw Owens citing:
    "Contemporary Authors".

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