March is Women’s History month. To celebrate the many contributions women have made to Life Science here are 5 of History’s Greatest Female Scientists.
Marie Curie 1867-1934
Marie is also the only women in history to win Nobel Prizes in two different scientific categories.
Along with her husband she first discovered the radioactive elements polonium and radium. She successfully produced radium as a pure metal, proving that new element’s existed beyond a doubt. Element 96, Curium was named after Marie and her husband Pierre.
Rita Levi-Montalcini 1909- 2012
Despite her father’s disapproval of women getting an education and living during a time when anti-Jewish laws prevented her from being able to work in medical research Rita continued to pursue her dreams.
Building a lab in her room and eventually immigrating to the US in the 1950s Rita went on to co-discover Nerve Growth Factor; a protein-like molecule that grows and maintains neuron health in the brain. This discovery earned her the Nobel Prize in 1986.
Grace Hopper 1906-1992
Not only known for her invention, Admiral Grace Hopper was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Creator of the first compiler for computer languages. She developed COBOL (common business-oriented language” which went on to be used worldwide.
Rachel Carson 1907-1964
Rachel was an American marine biologist best known for her books on the global environmental movement.
Her book Silent Springs drew national attention that resulted in a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides.
Jocelyn Burnell 1943 (age 74)
Unlike many of the women listed above Jocelyn attended a University for her education, The University of Cambridge.
In 1967 Jocelyn discovered the first radio pulsars, a highly magnetized rotating neutron star that spins incredibly fast. Unfortunately Burnell wasn’t recognized for her discovery. A Nobel Prize was awarded to her advisor and one of his colleagues.
Was there a woman that inspired your scientific career?
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