Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy International Women's Day

To celebrate, here are a few female scientists that you might not have heard of (but definitely should have). I haven't included Marie Curie, because as much as we all love her, she is the automatic "female scientist" that always springs to mind and I think it's time we branched out.

1. Ada Lovelace: Analyst, metaphysician, and founder of scientific computing. Read more about her life here:
2. Rosalind Franklin.: Biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. She received no credit for her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA. More on her life:
3. Rachel Carson: Marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. More on her life:
4. Lise Meitner: A physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, but was overlooked for the Nobel Prize in favour of male colleagues. More on her life:
5. Cecilia Payne: Astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium. More on her life:
6. Mary Anning: A paleontologist who made many important finds in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset. More on her life:

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