Women in Science

This is about 16 successful women in science. The women scientists profiled here span several centuries and several nationalities. Despite many barriers, women all over the world have participated in unraveling the secrets of nature since the dawn of civilization. As historian of science Naomi Oreskes said recently, 'The question is not why there haven't been more women in science; the question is rather why we have not heard more about them.' Most of the women whose stories are told here, in fact, were active in recent times, when the sciences had already become professionalized endeavors.

Read about:
  1. Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958) Pioneer Molecular Biologist
  2. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, OM (1910-1994) A Founder of Protein Crystallography
  3. Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) Pioneer Computer Scientist
  4. Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1906-1972) Nobelist in Physics
  5. Helen Sawyer Hogg (1905-1993) A Gift of Stars
  6. Rozsa Peter (1905-1977) Founder of Recursive Function Theory
  7. Roger Arliner Young (1899-1964) Lifelong Struggle of a Zoologist
  8. May Edward Chinn (1896-1980) Physician
  9. Emmy Noether (1882-1935) Creative Mathematical Genius
  10. Lise Meitner (1878-1968) A Battle for Ultimate Truth
  11. Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) Mother of Modern Management
  12. Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941) Theorist of Star Spectra
  13. Rosa Smith Eigenmann (1858-1947) ÒFirst Woman Ichthyologist of Any AccomplishmentsÓ
  14. Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) Analyst, Metaphysician, and Founder of Scientific Computing
  15. Mary Anning (1799-1847) Finder of Fossils
  16. Sophie Germain (1776-1831) Revolutionary Mathematician
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