Mary Jean Harrold

Mary Jean Harrold was a prolific software engineering researcher that promoted diversity in computer science fields, acting as a teacher and mentor to many.

Margaret Oakley Dayhoff

Margaret Oakley Dayhoff has been called the “mother and father of bioinformatics” as she was a pioneer of applying mathematics and computational methods to biochemistry.

Sandrine Thuret

Scientists used to think that the adult brain didn’t change, but Dr. Sandrine Thuret has shown that new neurons are still formed later in life.

Linda Morabito

It’s the anniversary of the announcement of the first discovery of extraterrestrial volcanic activity by astronomer Linda Morabito.

Sylvia Wiegand

Dr. Sylvia Wiegand has expanded a successful career in mathematics to also help promote other women working in math and academia.

Margaret Chan

Dr. Margaret Chan has faced many challenges as the director-general of the World Health Organization.
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Michelle Buchanan

Michele Buchanan is hoping to change the world through her research into energy, and her work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis’ first paper was rejected 15 times before it was finally published, but her theories of symbiogenesis made a huge impact.

Claire Voisin

Dr. Claire Voisin is one of the world’s leading researchers in complex algebraic geometry.

Kitty O’Brien Joyner

Before NASA, there was NACA and the first woman engineer hired at the agency was Kitty O’Brien Joyner.

Margaret Knight

Margaret Knight nearly didn’t get credit for an invention that changed the world: the first machine made to create flat bottomed paper bags.

Isabel Bassett Wasson

Today is the anniversary of the founding of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. And it’s first female ranger was Isabel Basset Wasson.