Émilie du Châtelet

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.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a perfect time to examine the work and contributions of Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a French virologist who helped discover HIV and its links to the disease today known as AIDS.

Marguerite Perey

Marguerite Perey discovered the element Francium and was the first woman elected to the French Academy of Sciences.

Jeanne Villepreux-Power

If you’ve spent any time observing fish or marine life in an aquarium, you can thank Jeanne Villepreux-Power, the “mother of aquaria.”

Hélène Langevin-Joliot

Hélène Langevin-Joliot had quite a family legacy to live up to as the daughter and granddaughter of Nobel Prize winners, but she wasn’t deterred and has made her own impression on the world of physics.

Irene Joliot-Curie

Long before take your daughter to work day was created Irene Joliot-Curie was following in her mother’s footsteps and striking out on her own as well.

Emmanuelle Charpentier

Emmanuelle Charpentier is a microbiologist who helped create CRISPR/Cas9.

Claire Voisin

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

Catherine Cesarsky

The first female president of the International Astronomical Union, Catherine Cesarsky, earned this position with a distinguished career in several areas of modern physics.

Marie-Anne Lavoisier

Restrictions of her time kept Marie-Anne Lavoisier from becoming a chemist herself, but she was integral to her husband’s work and the two changed chemistry forever.

Sophie Germain

French women weren’t allowed to study mathematics in the late 18th century, but that didn’t stop Sophie Germain from pursuing a passion for numbers.

Marie Curie

She developed the theory of radioactivity, discovered two new elements, and is the only woman to win two Nobel prizes. Today, we’d like you to meet Marie Curie.