Mary Somerville was called “The Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science” after she overcame many obstacles, including family who believed she shouldn’t study math and science.
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Since their inception in 1825, the Christmas Lectures have been presented by the Royal Institution of Great Britain in an effort to introduce a young audience to subjects through spectacular demonstrations. In the 189 years of this lecture series only a handful of women have been asked to present, with the sixth of these being Dr. Danielle George whose lecture on how to hack your home was given in 2014.
If you are a fan of the first Assassin’s Creed game or played the SIMS online, you have programmer and producer Jade Raymond to thank.
The author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and 10 books on forest conservation, Dr. Margaret Lowman has earned her title as Canopy Meg.
While African-American, Latina, and Native American women are considered prolific users of technology only around 3 percent of high-tech jobs are filled by African-American women. Kimberly Bryant wants to move this group from being seen as simply consumers of technology to being its creators.
From a young age, Annie Easley’s mother had told her that she could be anything she wanted, but she would have to work for it. She became a human computer and then computer programmer.
Born in Quebec City to a Chinese immigrant family, Joanne Liu decided to become a pediatrician at an early age. She became the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (aka Doctors without Borders) in 2013.
Wanting to provide inspiration to young people that also might not been encouraged to pursue math and science as careers NASA scientist Valerie Thomas was a mentor to youths through Science Mathematics Aerospace Research and Technology and the National Technical Association.
Dr. Mary Letitia Caldwell was the first female member of the senior faculty in chemistry at Columbia University, and developed a method for isolating crystalline pancreatic enzymes.
Émilie du Châtelet was the daughter of a member of the court of France’s King Louis XIV and she was a physicist, natural philosopher, and mathematician whose work is still celebrated today.
At a time when less than 1% of engineers employed in the United States were women, Beatrice Hicks forged her own path and then helped to usher in the next generations of engineering women.
Dr. Elinor Ostrom was a political scientist and economist that was also a lead researcher at the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program, managed by Virginia Tech, where she worked on one of the programs long term research projects focusing her work on how communities manage their common lands and natural resources including pastures, forests, and lakes.