Gurinder Chadha

When describing her work, director Gurinder Chadha says, “I tell stories about people audiences might think they have nothing in common with…then they emotionally connect with them and find they’re not different at all.” Chadha is one the most successful directors in Britain, thanks in large part to the global success of her film Bend it Like Beckham.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics, Dr. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was a leader in the field of molecular biology and a pioneer in the field of protein crystallography.

Mary Anning

It is said that Mary Anning was the inspiration for the tongue twister, “She sells sea shells by the seashore,” but in truth she didn’t just sell sea shells, she sold Jurassic era fossils.

Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker

Phycologist Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker’s studies of British seaweed helped save an industry in Japan, where she’s called “mother of the sea.”

Elsie Widdowson

Dr. Elsie Widdowson was an early pioneer in nutritional science, and helped the British government study the effects of rationing during World War II.

Hertha Ayrton

When it was suggested that Marie Curie’s husband had actually been the one to discover the element radium Hertha Ayrton, a friend and colleague, quickly and publicly came to Curie’s defense stating, “errors are notoriously hard to kill, but an error that ascribes to a man what was actually the work of a woman has more lives than a cat.” And she would know as she often faced the same misattribution of credit being given to her husband.

Marianne North

Marianne North rejected the conventions that biological specimens should be painted on simple white backgrounds. Her paintings instead kept the reality of the settings that she observed around the plants.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Male students petitioned to have Elizabeth Garrett removed from their school, but she still went on to become Britain’s first female physician.