Jill Tarter

The inspiration for the novel Contact and its subsequent film, Dr. Jill Tarter has spent over 35 years searching the vast universe for evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Fabiola Gianotti

Dr. Fabiola Gianotti is the director-general of CERN, and on January 1st of 2016 she became the first woman to lead the organization.

Maryam Mirzakhani

A professor of mathematics at Stanford University, Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani is one of the leading researchers in the field of complex geodesics and their closures in moduli space.

Sue Hendrickson

On August 12th, 1990 Sue Hendrickson discovered the largest and most complete T. Rex skeleton to date, a skeleton that was named “Sue” in her honor.

Barbara Askins

The first woman to be selected by the Association for Advancement of Invention and Innovations as the National Inventor of the Year, Barbara Askins was a chemist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Lucy Hobbs Taylor

Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first American women to earn a degree in dentistry. She had to forge her own path to achieve this goal and then would in turn fight for the rights of other women to achieve their dreams.

Mary Golda Ross

Today’s featured woman, Mary Golda Ross, offered this advice: “To function efficiently in today’s world, you need math. The world is so technical, if you plan to work in it, a math background will let you go farther and faster.”

Mary Carson Breckinridge

Mary Carson Breckinridge turned her own personal tragedy into a lasting legacy that still serves southeastern Kentucky with four rural health clinics, a hospital, and a home health agency. She was the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, a program credited with lowering the infant mortality rate in Leslie County, Kentucky from one of the highest in the nation to below the national average.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Inspired at an early age to become a chemist, Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff’s scientific work in molecular biology has fundamentally changed the treatment of diabetes.

Anita Sengupta

Dr. Anita Sengupta is a research professor at the University of Southern California and an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

France A. Córdova

With research contributions in the areas of multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources, space-borne instrumentation, and observational and experimental astrophysics Dr. France A. Córdova has been a leader in both academia and public service in the sciences since being inspired by the moon landings.

Eleanor Baum

While much of Dr. Eleanor Baum’s career has been in academia she also has worked in the aerospace engineering and has been a consultant involved with the practical side of other electrical engineering pursuits.