Lise Meitner

At her first research position physicist Dr. Lise Meitner wasn’t allowed to work in the lab “lest her hair catch on fire.” She would face sexism throughout her career but would co-discover a new element and the process of nuclear fission–a discovery that her male research partner would receive a Noble prize for while she was denied this honor due to her gender and Jewish heritage.

Johanna Gabrielle Ottelie “Tilly” Edinger

One of Dr. “Tilly” Edinger’s major findings was the evidence that evolution was a branching process where structures could evolved independently leading to the modern understanding of cladogenesis.

Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch

Dr. Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch is considered the founder of mammalian developmental genetics and was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Science.

Mildred Cohn

Inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009, Dr. Mildred Cohn has also been awarded the National Medal of Science.

Giuliana Tesoro

Dr. Giuliana Tesoro wore many hats during her career including organic chemist, inventor, polymer chemist and professor.

Charlotte Friend

Dr. Charlotte Friend was a virologist and cancer researcher whose research helped to change the way we think about cancer in humans.

Charlotte Auerbach

With her studies of the effects of mustard gas, Dr. Charlotte Auerbach helped create the science of mutagenesis.

Emmy Noether

Today we’re celebrating the birthday of a woman that Einstein called a “creative mathematical genius,” Emmy Noether.

Judith Resnik

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger which killed its seven crew members including mission specialist Judith Resnik.