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.

Maya Warren

Dr. Maya Warren has a doctorate of food science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and she wants everybody to know that you can totally be an ice cream scientist if you want to.

Patricia Bath

As the first African American woman to be granted a patent for a medical purpose Dr. Patricia Bath has dedicated her career to protecting and improving the eye sight of all people.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Discovering pulsars, a type of neutron star, Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, changed the way we understood the death of massive stars. That instead of the supernova explosion scattering all of a dying star’s material into the universe there is a very small core of very dense material left over that gives off regular radio pulses.

Florence Bascom

Dr. Florence Bascom worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and founded the geology program at Bryn Mawr College.

Mildred Cohn

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

Joanna Haigh

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

Florence B. Seibert

Stricken by polio at the age of three, Dr. Florence Seibert turned to academics because she couldn’t go out and play like other children. In her career, she improved and standardized the test for tuberculosis.

Mildred Dresselhaus

Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, known as the Queen of Carbon Chemistry, has been a trailblazer since her early days.

Chiaki Mukai

Dr. Chiaki Mukai was already an established cardiac surgeon when she became the first Japanese woman to go to space.

Nettie Stevens

Dr. Nettie Stevens career as a geneticist wasn’t very long, lasting only about 11 years, but in that short time she was able to make huge strides in understanding genetic traits.

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.

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