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This is Elinor Ostrom. She passed away in June 2012, leaving behind a very distinguished academic career, and a reputation as one of the most influential people in the world (according to TIME magazine). She was best known for her research work involving "the commons" (common social resources that are used by communities).

In 2009, she became the first (and till date, the only) lady to do what?

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This day last year: Q.270

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