#1 Recognized As A Member Of The British Association For The Advancement Of Science
In 1835, Mary made some bad investments here and there and had a significant financial setback. The sources are unclear, but she gave the money to a conman who ran off and later died.
It made recovering the bad investment incredibly harder for Mary.
However, after Mary Anning met with the famous naturist and explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, the science community appreciated her contributions.
Mary’s good friend, William Buckland, convinced the British Association for the Advancement of Science to give her an annual income.
Although she didn’t write any scientific papers, Mary was a commercial fossil hunter.
Her work was essential, and the British Association for the Advancement of Science felt it was right for her to receive due credit for it.