While you might have heard of a lot of men scientists taking a lead on science, this Women’s History Month, let me introduce to you these 12 amazing kickass ladies who were able to contribute as much (or even more!) as the famous male scientists. (See below for pictures)
- Marie Curie
She’s a Polish physicist, chemist and pioneer in the study of radioactivity! Discovering polonium and radium, she then became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (1903) and even had her second in Chemistry (1911)! This makes her the first scientist to ever win Nobel Prize twice.
- Rachel Carson
An American marine biologist and conservationist who wrote “Silent Spring” which is about the dangers of pesticides and even helped launched the global environmental movement!
- Rosalind Franklin
This beautiful lady was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who helped discover the shape of DNA.
- Maxine Singer
An American molecular biologist and science administrator who aided in unlocking the secrets of the genetic code and spur discussions on the ethic of DNA research and genetic engineering.
- Lise Meitner
An Austrian and later Swedish physicist who discovered nuclear fission with Otto Hahn. While they’ve found it together, only Hahn won the Nobel Prize. Nonetheless, Element 109, meitnerium, is named after her. She’s called “The Mother of Atomic Bomb”!
- Barbara Mcclintock
She’s an American pioneer in genetic research and one of the world’s most distinguished cytogeneticists. Her amazing work, genetic transposition, made her win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1983).
- Rita Levi-Montalcini
She’s an Italian neurologist who received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1986) together with Stanley Cohen for their discovery of nerve growth factor.
- Jane Goodall
She is a British primatologist, ethnologist, anthropologist, and UN messenger of peace. She was able to reshape our view in primate behavior due to her numerous studies of chimpanzee behaviour and social life in Tanzania.
- Maria Mitchell
Famous for the “Miss Mitchell’s Comet”, she’s an American astronomer who discovered such comet named after her and was the first woman to become a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell
She’s a Northern Irish astrophysicist who discovered the first radio pulsars. Unfortunately, while she was able to observe the first four pulsars found, she’s still not part of the team that won the Nobel Prize for the discovery.
- Shirley Ann Jackson
She’s the first African-American woman to earn her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 18th
president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this theoretical physicist worked for bell laboratories, helping her make caller id and call waiting possible.
- Mae Jemison
The first African-American woman to travel to space aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in September 1992, she has focused on the interaction of social sciences and technology after leaving NASA.
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