Mary Fairfax Somerville

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.

Valerie Thomas

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.

Kristine Larsen

Dr. Kristine Larsen is an astronomer that uses popular culture to draw people into the sciences and has written books and journal articles on these topics and in 2017 will publish a book focused on women who popularized geology in the 19th Century.

Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is the Deputy Director of Science Communications at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as well as being an astronomer that studies binary stars and the life cycles of stars.

Kim Weaver

Astrophysicist Dr. Kim Weaver is not only a leading expert on x-ray astronomy she is also an accomplished singer and actress in community theater.

Maria Mitchell

The third women credited with the discovery of a comet, Maria Mitchell was unimpressed with her newfound celebrity preferring to continue her work as a librarian, teacher, and astronomer.

Ellen Amanda Hayes

Arrested at a protest at the age of 76, Ellen Hayes had blazed a trail for the use of applied mathematics in the everyday lives of women and was also vocal in supporting the causes she was passionate about including gender equality, the rights of women to vote, and labor rights.

Wanda Diaz-Merced

Astronomy is often considered a visible field of study, even though much of what is observed is outside the visible spectrum. By helping to develop the use of sonification as part of the study of astronomical objects Dr. Wanda Diaz-Merced not only carved out her own place in the field but is also an advocate for others with disabilities being part of the scientific community as well.

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.

Janna Levin

Many people love to marvel at the beauty of the cosmos that is observable with our eyes – but what about the beauty that is observable with our ears? Dr. Janna Levin says that the universe has a soundtrack that is played on space itself.

Carolyn Porco

On July 19, 2013 the Cassini spacecraft turned to take an image of much of our solar system that included Saturn, Mars, Venus, and the Earth. This historic picture of The Day The Earth Smiled was possible thanks to planetary scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco.

Yvonne Pendleton

Dr. Yvonne Pendleton has spent her career helping us to understand our place in the universe.

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