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.

Maria Goeppert Mayer

Dr. Maria Goeppert Mayer started off studying mathematics but switched to physics to end up doing groundbreaking work in the realm of nuclear chemistry.

Adelaide de Almeida

Dr. Adelaide de Almeida is an associate professor of physics at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil who studies radiation and dosimetry.

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.

Lene Hau

Light is the fastest moving thing that we know of–and Dr. Lene Hau has developed a way to slow it down and actually stop its motion all together.

Deborah S. Jin

Dr. Deborah S. Jin was a pioneering physicist and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.”

Marguerite Perey

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

Elsa Garmire

While lasers have come to be part of our everyday lives, in the 1960’s they were a new and exciting technology. One scientist studying that technology was physicist Dr. Elsa Garmire.

France A. Córdova

With research contributions in the areas of multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources, space-borne instrumentation, and observational and experimental astrophysics Dr. France A. Córdova has been a leader in both academia and public service in the sciences since being inspired by the moon landings.

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.

Lindley Winslow

Hollywood isn’t known for its scientific accuracy, but the new film Ghostbusters aimed for authenticity by consulting with scientists like physicist Lindley Winslow.

Joanna Haigh

Since 2014 Dr. Joanna Haigh has been the co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College.

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